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The Evidence for Using VATS Lobectomy
Despite its introduction in the 1990s, the adoption rate for VATS lobectomy remains relatively low. A group of experts met at the 2016 SCTS Annual Meeting in Birmingham, United Kingdom, to discuss the adoption, efficacy, and future of VATS lobectomy. Shanda Blackmon of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, was joined by Rene Petersen of the Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark, Eric Lim of the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, United Kingdom, and Joel Dunning of James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom. The panelists share their experiences with the VATS lobectomy procedure and their thoughts on the importance of sub-specialization when considering the VATS approach. Dr. Lim also gives an update on the VIOLET study, an upcoming randomized clinical trial comparing the VATS approach to the traditional thoracotomy approach.
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