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October 14, 2012
Tumors invading the tracheobronchial angle or the carina represent a challenge due to the complexity of airway reconstruction and management. Carinal resection, a complex and aggressive procedure for the treatment of these tumors, may be a safe approach for highly selected patients, in experienced centers with acceptable morbidity and mortality and good long-term survival.
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 9, 2012
Induction chemoradiotherapy is a relative contraindication to VATS lobectomy due to oncological concerns. This video demonstrates a VATS lower lobectomy and radical systematic lymphadenectomy in a 53-year-old male who recurred locally following induction chemoradiotherapy.
August 12, 2012
Prof. John Dark performed Europe's first double lung transplant. In this interview he discusses his criteria for acceptance of a donor lung, non-heart beating donation, ex vivo lung perfusion, his techniques for implantation and his vision of the future of lung transplantation.
July 19, 2012
The Novalung Interventional Lung Assist (iLA) device is a membrane ventilator that allows for oxygen and carbon dioxide gas exchange to occur by simple diffusion.
July 17, 2012
For purposes of this survey, respondents were asked to assume they had recommended surgical therapy for a 63 year old man who had been diagnosed with a distal esophageal adenocarcinoma, clinically staged as T2N0 via EUS, CT, and PET. His general health was good. He had no prior abdominal or thoracic surgery, and he had no important comorbidities.
May 13, 2012
Ever controversial, Dr Randas Batista is best known for the operation that bears his name, otherwise known as a reduction ventriculoplasty, that caused a huge amount of interest in the USA and Europe 10 years ago as an alternative to transplantation for heart failure. A maverick to some, but a resourceful innovator working in a developing country to others.
April 1, 2012
April 1st 2012 is the 20th Anniversary of VATS lobectomy at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Twenty years ago, Dr. William Walker performed a left upper lobectomy using a 3-port approach standing in the posterior position. Now approaching his thousandth operation, he discusses his first VATS lobectomy and his current techniques.
February 23, 2012
A young female with a single metastasis at the level of the upper portion of the sternum underwent surgical excision of the sternum followed by sternal allograft implantation. The use of a sternal allograft provides excellent functional and cosmetic results.
February 14, 2012
Professor Stuart Jamieson has performed over 2600 pulmonary thromboendarterectomies–more than the rest of the world combined. He has trained most of the surgeons who perform this technique. In this interview he describes the way he performs this technique, who is suitable, and also talks about emergency pulmonary embolectomy.