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Robert J. McKenna, MD
Surgery for Emphysema
Professor Robert J. McKenna, Jr., MD is Medical Director of Thoracic Surgery and Trauma at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA. He pioneered the anterior approach for VATS lobectomy and has by far the largest experience in this technique. However, he has also served as the principal investigator on several trials, including the Z0030 trial on lymph node staging and also the NETT Trial. In this interview surgery for emphysema is discussed as well as also several other subjects including lymphadenectomy, lung cancer screening, mediastinoscopy, and VATS lobectomy.
01:50 Surgery for Emphysema and the NETT Trial.
4:00 The categories of patient who most benefits
8:40 Tests prior to surgery
10:11 The surgical technique for LVRS
16:13 Post operative care
17:47 Why LVRS is still not performed in large numbers
20:03 Screening for Lung Cancer
23:09 The Z0030 trial on lymph node staging versus lymphadenectomy