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The authors present a useful resource in the management of pulmonary sequestration, with consideration given to advancements in robotic technology.
February 18, 2014
During the STS 50th Anniversary Meeting in Orlando, FL, CTSNet hosted a very informative video roundtable discussion with some of the leading surgeon educators in the field of surgical atrial fibrillation treatment. The discussion focused on the benefits of the Maze procedure in terms of procedural outcomes, patient satisfaction, and the development of stronger referral networks.
October 24, 2013
A variety of approaches for surgical management of myasthenia gravis and thymoma have been described. There is a growing experience with VATS approaches to the management of each of these conditions. One approach to VATS thymectomy is described in this article and the accompanying videos.
October 18, 2013
Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM) of the lung is a rare congenital malformation.This anomaly has been rarely described in adults when in association with bronchial and vascular atresia. There are few reports in the literature describing thoracoscopic lobectomy in patients with this unusual anomaly. This video is the first report of a lung resection of a CCAM via a single-port thoracoscopy.
August 7, 2013
CTSNet hosted a very lively Video Roundtable discussion at the recent 2013 STS Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA, on issues surrounding the two major minimally invasive techniques for removing parts of the lung.
May 8, 2013
Midesophageal diverticula are rare esophageal problems usually associated with granulomatous diseases and esophageal motility disorders. They are typically located at the subcarinal area with the wall of the diverticula adherent to the lymph nodes.
April 17, 2013
Taped at the STS 49th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, this roundtable discussion focuses on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and the role surgeons and the entire heart team play in the TAVR procedure.
October 7, 2012
A right robotic thymectomy is described for the treatment of myasthenia gravis and thymoma.  Early results are comparable to sternotomy and VATS approaches.  A novel technique using ICG for contralateral phrenic nerve identification is also described.
September 5, 2012
Transapical aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has become a feasible alternative to open techniques in high risk patients. Surgical technique and some critical tips and pitfalls are described.
March 7, 2012
Demonstrated in the video is a novel concept for facilitating extensive neochordal repair in mitral regurgitation based on the paradigm “respect rather than resect”. Both leaflet tissue and motion are respected. The leaflet is folded and the neochordae is tied, maintaining free margin and annulus edge-to-edge.
December 15, 2011
Prof. Hans Pilegaard has developed a novel method for Nuss bar insertion using a short bar technique. Using this technique he has performed almost 1000 Nuss procedures. In this interview he describes his technique.  Intraoperative video is included of Dr. Pilegaard performing the operation at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

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