Surgical Technique

Complex uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic sleeve lobectomy during live surgery broadcasting

Yang Yang, William Guido Guerrero, Iskander Algitmi, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas


The uniportal approach for major pulmonary resections began in 2010 with the first case being performed by González-Rivas and colleagues in La Coruña. Since then a number of teams around the world had being performing hundreds of cases, applying it to more advance and complex cases recently. The technique has been reported to be feasible and reliable with similar results to that obtained in early stage lung cancer lobectomies. The case presented in this article is an example of an extreme condition: very obese patient, strong adhesions, fused lower lobe to the diaphragm and enlarged inflammatory adenopathies that made the procedure very technically challenging. In addition, the surgery was performed during a live surgery event and it was broadcasted to an auditorium. However, the case was successfully completed through a uniportal VATS approach with no complications.

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