Thoracoscopic Decortication
Oct 08 , 2016 9 am

Thoracoscopic Decortication

The traditional treatment for empyema thoracis ( infection in thoracic cavity ) is the surgery with large incision between rips and traction ribs to spread area for operation. The surgeon needs to insert instruments and surgeon’s hands into cavity, but sometimes the attempt may end in cracked or broken ribs and affect the patient in post-operation recovery. The patient is found suffering from the wound when moving or breathing as well as infectious complications in lungs or atelectasis. Because of the severe pain, the patient will be treated with painkiller injection and has to remain longer in hospital.
The Thoracoscopic Decortication is a surgery through a small wound sized not bigger than 1.5 centimetre to eliminate pus and inflamed pleural tissue. This surgery method aims to maintain normal lung dilation hence the post-operation recovery period will take only 2 – 3 days and after that the patients can go back to their normal routine.