Surgical Technique

Challenging cases: thoracoscopic lobectomy with chest wall resection and sleeve lobectomy—Duke experience

H. Volkan Kara, Stafford S. Balderson, Thomas A. D’Amico


Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) had recent advances in both equipment and technique so has been applied to more complex conditions in some thoracic surgery centers. We have adopted our VATS lobectomy experience for patients with chest wall invasion and endobronchial localized tumor requiring bronchial sleeve resection. We are describing our decision-making and surgical methods for these patients which we believe will be decreasing the number of contraindications for VATS and offering this surgical method for more patients.

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