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Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
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vol. 5
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Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy – early experience

Jozef Belák
Marián Kudláč
Robert Šimon

Videosurgery and other miniinvasive techniques 2010; 5 (3): 100-103
Online publish date: 2010/10/06
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Introduction: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy is the anatomical resection of a whole lobe of the lung followed by removal of the lymph nodes from the mediastinum using a thoracoscope and an access incision (small thoracotomy  5 cm) without using the rib spreader.
Aim: To present the early experience with VATS lobectomy.
Material and methods: Five patients were treated surgically using the VATS technique of anatomical lung resection at the 2nd Department of Surgery, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, University Hospital of L. Pasteur, Košice, (Slovak Republic) within 12 months from 10.2008 to 10.2009. Lobectomy was performed in 4 patients and pneumonectomy in 1 patient.
Results: The mean operating time was 120 min (range 80-170 min). Following lobectomy a drain was inserted into the pleural cavity in 4 cases, whereas there was no drainage after 1 pneumonectomy. Drains were removed 2-5 days after the surgery. Four patients suffered from lung carcinoma (1 squamous cell carcinoma, 3 adenocarcinomas); 1 patient had chondroid hamartoma. Postoperative condition was good in all patients. There were no early complications and patients were released home on the 6th postoperative day on average.
Conclusions: The advantages of VATS lobectomy have been widely discussed. There is a consensus that in elderly patients with non-small cell lung cancer VATS lobectomy accompanied by mediastinal lymphadenectomy reduces the incidence of complications after the surgery and patients recover faster.

VATS lobectomy, non-small cell lung cancer

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