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Thoracic Techniques

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This essay is a historical review of the development of pulmonary lobectomy.
August 19, 2008
This procedure is performed in patients with emphysema to improve their exercise tolerance and quality of life.  Specific criteria were established by the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT) published in 2003.
August 19, 2008
Patient Selection
July 1, 2008
Buttressing suture/staple lines in thoracic surgery has been shown to promote healing and prevent breakdown, especially in situations where the native tissues have been compromised.  There are a wide variety of tissue flaps that have been used within the chest ranging from pleura, muscle, to omentum.
July 1, 2008
The majority of patients selected for VATS mediastinal nodal dissection are patients undergoing VATS lobectomy procedures for malignancy.
July 1, 2008
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July 1, 2008
Epiphrenic diverticuli are acquired mucosal outpouchings protruding through the muscular wall of the distal 10 cm of the esophagus. Most are associated with an underlying esophageal motility disorder.
July 1, 2008
Patient Selection

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