Transbronchial Needle Aspiration (TBNA)

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Transbronchial Needle Aspiration (TBNA)

What is thoracoscopy?

Thoracoscopy is a procedure a doctor uses to look inside the chest cavity. This is done with a thoracoscope, a thin, flexible tube with a light and a small video camera on the end. The tube is put in through a small cut made near the lower end of the shoulder blade between the ribs. Thoracoscopy is sometimes called VATS which is short for video assisted thoracic surgery.

Why do you need thoracoscopy?

There are a few reasons you might need to have thoracoscopy:

What's it like to have a thoracoscopy?

Getting the test –Thoracoscopy may be an outpatient (you don't need to stay overnight in a hospital) or inpatient (you need to stay in the hospital overnight or a few days) procedure depending on what is being done. If done as an outpatient you may only need local (not general) anesthesia and mild sedation.