The International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group (ITMIG) has now collected data on over 8,000 cases from over 50 centers around the world. Knowledge of thymic tumors to date has been limited by its rarity, but now this enormous amount of data which will be accessible to ITMIG members.
Take the survey on mediastinal staging and see how your practice matches the practice patterns of your colleagues around the world.
Dr. Joel Dunning leads a discussion on VATS and robotic lobectomy, sleeve lobectomy and pneumonectomy, and new devices, as well as many other related issues.
This survey assesses how current practitioners developed MIE skills and how they are passing their knowledge on to others. Read the results of the survey and learn about current formal and informal educational aspects regarding this technique.
At the recent EACTS meeting Dr. Doug Wood led a discussion on the treatment of limited stage mesothelioma. Topics included MARS Trial, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) vs. extended pleurectomy and decortication.
Assessment of Operability for Early Stage Lung Cancer
The current survey evaluates personal practices in assessing operability for early stage lung cancer. See how your approach matches up to that of your colleagues!
Robotic Thymectomy via Right Chest Approach
A right robotic thymectomy is described for the treatment of myasthenia gravis and thymoma. Early results are comparable to sternotomy and VATS approaches. A novel technique using ICG for contralateral phrenic nerve identification is also described.
Induction chemoradiotherapy is a relative contraindication to VATS lobectomy due to oncological concerns. This video demonstrates a VATS lower lobectomy and radical systematic lymphadenectomy in a 53-year-old male who recurred locally following induction chemoradiotherapy.
Technical Options In Carinal Resection And Reconstruction
Tumors invading the tracheobronchial angle or the carina represent a challenge due to the complexity of airway reconstruction and management. Carinal resection, a complex and aggressive procedure for the treatment of these tumors, may be a safe approach for highly selected patients, in experienced centers with acceptable morbidity and mortality and good long-term survival.
John Dark, FRCS
Prof. John Dark performed Europe’s first double lung transplant. In this interview he discusses his criteria for acceptance of a donor lung, non-heart beating donation, ex vivo lung perfusion, his techniques for implantation and his vision of the future of lung transplantation.
Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy Survey Results
This survey addressed the techniques of esophagectomy used in patients with esophageal cancer. Read the results and learn how your colleagues approach this challenging problem.
Take the new survey on minimally invasive esophagectomy training and instruction and help us learn about current formal and informal educational aspects regarding this technique.
William Walker, FRCS
April 1st 2012 is the 20th Anniversary of VATS lobectomy at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Twenty years ago, Dr. William Walker performed a left upper lobectomy using a 3-port approach standing in the posterior position. Now approaching his thousandth operation, he discusses his first VATS lobectomy and his current techniques.
Technique for Upper Sternal Allograft Implantation
A young female with a single metastasis at the level of the upper portion of the sternum underwent surgical excision of the sternum followed by sternal allograft implantation. The use of a sternal allograft provides excellent functional and cosmetic results.
Stuart Jamieson, MD
Professor Stuart Jamieson has performed over 2600 pulmonary thromboendarterectomies–more than the rest of the world combined. He has trained most of the surgeons who perform this technique. In this interview he describes the way he performs this technique, who is suitable, and also talks about emergency pulmonary embolectomy.
Thoracic Surgeons' Mobile Device Usage Survey Results
The use of mobile devices for professional applications has increased dramatically in the last 5 years. Read the results of this survey to find out how your colleagues use such devices in their practices.
A robotic technique is described for first rib resection for Paget Schroetter Disease or "effort thrombosis" of the subclavian vein that allows for en bloc resection of the offending portion of the first rib while minimizing the risk of neurovascular injury.
New Thoracic Portal Survey: Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
The new survey for the Thoracic Portal addresses the techniques of esophagectomy used in patients with esophageal cancer. Take the survey, and learn how your colleagues approach this challenging problem.
Thoracic Literature Watch - Fourth Quarter 2011
The 2011 Fourth Quarter Literature Watch is now available. It contains a collection of articles on thoracic topics collected by Dr. Ferguson, editor of the Cardiac Portal.
Thoracic Literature Watch - Third Quarter 2011
Each quarter Dr. Mark Ferguson, editor of the Cardiac Portal, collects articles pertinent to thoracic topics. The articles are taken from medical and surgical journals other than those found on CTSNet. The 2011 Third Quarter Literature Watch is now available.
Hans Pilegaard, MD
Hans Pilegaard has performed almost 1,000 procedures using a novel method of Nuss bar insertion that uses a short-bar technique. In this latest interview of the Innovators in cardiothoracic surgery, Pilegaard describes the short-bar technique. Intraoperative video is included of Dr. Pilegaard performing the operation at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
Mark K. Ferguson, MD