Endoscopic (VATS) surgery for Pneumothorax

Endoscopic (VATS) surgery for Pneumothorax

Endoscopic (VATS) surgery for Pneumothorax

Primary spontaneous pneumothorax, or the condition where a lung drops due to a release of air, is a serious condition and needs to be dealt with as an emergency in the closest A&E.  If this occurs more than once on a particular side then we can offer a surgical procedure using an endoscopic (key hole) approach to stick the lung to the chest wall to prevent further collapse.  This procedure is called a pleurectomy and is occasionally combined with a bullectomy (excision of an area of weakness in the lung called a bulla).

These procedures are recommended by the British Thoracic Society for patients with more than one episode of a dropped lung (primary pneumothorax) but in some cases we can offer this to patients with just one episode if they have certain risk factors that places them at a higher risk of a recurrence.

If you would like to discuss this please get in contact and we will be happy to guide you through the decision making.

Please do read a paper we published on the topic and our early results.

Mr Joseph Zacharias is a Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon who over the past 18 years has introduced many patient centred procedures and reviewed, presented and published his excellent results. He is passionate about teaching and training and continues to help disseminate his learning and skills to doctors at all levels of training. Mr Zacharias has one of the largest experiences in endoscopic heart surgery in the UK and continues to maintain a busy practice in both complex heart and lung surgery.


Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon | Joseph Zacharias

Alexandra Hospital Mill Lane, Cheadle, Manchester

0161 495 7008


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