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Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy for Lung Cancer Surgery in Obese Patients? An Analysis of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database
This paper looks to explore the outcomes in obese patients with non-small cell lung cancer following VATS or open lobectomy. The authors utilized data from the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database to assess morbidity and postoperative length of stay in 78,018 patients across a fourteen-year period. An intention-to-treat analysis was used, with assessment performed using univariable, multivariable-adjusted, and propensity-score-matched analyses. VATS lobectomy was found to be associated with improved postoperative outcomes.