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The Role of the Diagnostic Wedge Resection in the Era of Segmentectomy

Thursday, November 30, 2023

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Source Name: European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery


Michael E Cowen, Michael R Gooseman

The authors of this paper note that the surgical landscape has changed in the last two years. They suggest that the multidisciplinary team should avoid a diagnostic wedge resection if segmentectomy would be the definitive and recommended operation. In that case, advanced navigation techniques should be used for diagnosis. Undertaking a segmentectomy as the primary operation will avoid a second surgery. Established practice may be difficult to overturn, but the authors recommend that a diagnostic wedge resection is avoided so as not to prevent or complicate a segmentectomy.

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