Because of smaller incisions, thoracoscopic operations are known to be less painful and may therefore lead to a shorter length of hospital stay (?). However, the variety of surgical procedures have developed to be almost the same for minimally invasive as for conventional open thoracic surgery. In particular, thoracoscopic lobectomy is being conducted in increasing numbers. The reasons to drain the pleural space remain thus the same:
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