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September 25, 2020
CTSNet livestreamed select sessions from the Birmingham Review Course on September 18, 2020, covering topics in the cardiothoracic specialty.
November 19, 2013
Left ventricular assist device implantation is an accepted treatment option for terminal heart failure. The standard surgical approach is a median sternotomy. This video shows an alternative implantation technique via a bilateral mini-thoracotomy, with ECMO as intraoperative circulatory support.
November 14, 2013
This video shows a 53-year-old male patient with severe COPD. His computed angiography showed a Crawford Type I thoracoabdominal aneurysm. His right kidney was atrophic, and the aneurysm was extending just proximal to the left renal artery.
November 13, 2013
This video demonstrates the technical details of an endoscopic radical resection of an endobronchial carcinoid by laser-assisted rigid bronchoscopy. This procedure may be curative in cases of endobronchial lesions without nodal involvement.
November 7, 2013
Uniportal VATS is a useful approach to perform wedge resections of intraparenchymal pulmonary nodules without diagnosis and to carry out a lobectomy in cases of non-small cell lung cancer with totally incomplete fissures.
November 5, 2013
Stage 3 organized pleural effusions are a relative contraindication to thoracoscopic decortications. This video demonstrates a left-sided single incision thoracoscopic decortication procedure for stage 3 organized pleural effusion, in a patient previously treated for pulmonary tuberculosis with pleural effusion.
November 1, 2013
Commenting has been added to CTSNet as part of the recent site updates. Once logged in, CTSNet contacts may now comment on all announcements, videos, and technique articles. The comment section is a great way to interact with fellow CTSNet users and delve deeper into cardiothoracic surgery topics. We encourage you to post your feedback in the comment boxes, located directly under the CTSNet content.
October 30, 2013
Radiotracer-guided localization of pulmonary nodules was introduced in 2000, with subsequent studies confirming its reproducibility and reliability. As more frequent small, asymptomatic masses are being identified, this technique could prevent unnecessary thoracotomies and preserve lung parenchyma.
October 28, 2013
Extrapleural pneumonectomy is a surgical resection option for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. This video shows a right-sided extrapleural pneumonectomy on a 60-year-old woman with mesothelioma.
October 25, 2013
The Cardiothoracic Trainees Research Collaborative (CTRC) poses the question: when has a trainee completed a case, and are we all speaking the same language?
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.

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