Procedure improves recovery for lung cancer patients

Single, 2-inch incision to remove lung cancer

How it works

Traditionally, surgeons make a 4- to 6-inch incision to remove a lung tumor. Minimally invasive procedures are performed with smaller incisions – but require three of them.

Surgeons at The University of Kansas Hospital now perform an even more minimally invasive procedure – one that makes recovery easier and faster for our patients.

In video-assisted thoracic surgery, physicians can remove lung cancer tumors making a single, 2-inch incision (uniport). Remarkably, most patients are able to return home after only two days in the hospital.

Benefits of this surgery

This procedure has several benefits for patients over traditional lung cancer surgery or other minimally invasive techniques:

  • Patients recover much faster, with much less pain.
  • The incision leaves a small, 2-inch scar instead of a longer, 4- to 6-inch mark.

Lung cancer surgery at The University of Kansas Cancer Center

Our surgeons are among the first in the country – and among a few in the world – with the expertise and experience to perform this procedure.

In addition, we are the region’s only hospital with dedicated, noncardiac thoracic surgeons. This level of specialization and focus is important, with surgeons here performing a high volume of these procedures.

They work with many other specialists as a multidisciplinary team. So physicians and professionals from all areas collaborate and coordinate each patient’s care for the best possible outcome.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is also the region’s only NCI-designated Cancer Center, which provides our patients more options and access to more clinical trials.