Video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to access the chest cavity to operate on the underlying organs. VATS is primarily used to treat conditions including cancer and other thoracic disorders, providing patients with significant benefits and life-changing results. The procedure has a significantly reduced complication rate, a reduction in recovery time, and a brief one to two day hospital stay. The surgeons at Thoracic Group pioneered this procedure and were among the first in the world to perform the surgery in 1990. They have performed over 7,000 since then.