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Expert Techniques

March 23, 2015
This case study details the resection and pericardiectomy for a pericardial tumor in a 58-year-old woman.
March 18, 2015
This expert technique offers a step-by-step description of a thoracoscopic left apical trisegmentectomy.
March 10, 2015
This article describes the technique of composite graft replacement and emphasizes some technical details for the left-handed surgeon.
February 18, 2015
Lymphangiomas, because of their underlying inherent properties—benign and fluid filled—make them ideal for a minimally invasive approach, in particular when involving the chest wall. However, there is limited experience with the use of these techniques in the management of these complex lesions.
November 16, 2014
This expert technique offers a step-by-step approach to right upper lobectomies through a full thoracoscopic posterior approach.
July 31, 2014
This article describes bronchial thermoplasty, a novel treatment option in uncontrolled severe asthma. The procedure targets reducing the hypertrophied smooth muscle in the airways, which is considered to be part of the pathophysiology of and contributor to asthma symptoms.
July 16, 2014
Spontaneous pneumothorax is often treated with a large bore chest tube placement and hospitalization. This article presents a reproducible education model for treating spontaneous pneumothorax with a percutaneous catheter and water seal/collection device.
June 5, 2014
This article describes a simplified Collis gastroplasty technique performed via left chest, which negates the need for wedge fundectomy. This technique potentially saves OR time and cost, while hypothetically reducing morbidity.
April 10, 2014
This article describes a standardized and reproducible trans-aortic TAVR approach with the Edwards Sapien valve and Ascendra 3 delivery system.
February 14, 2014
The operating surgeons report an elderly female patient with a 7 cm ascending aorta aneurysm. The operating surgeons used a simple Dacron sleeve technique that avoided circulatory arrest and shortened the cross clamp and cardiopulmonary support time. Moreover, the single aortic suture line decreased the haemostasis problem.

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