Coding Tip: Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Approach Value (ICD-10-PCS Character 5)

VATS is an abbreviation for “video assisted thoracic surgery.” VATS is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat problems in organs within the thorax such as the lungs and pleura. During VATS, a tiny camera (thoracoscope) and surgical instruments are inserted into the chest through small incisions or ports in the chest wall.

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