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May 22, 2013
Professor Robert J. McKenna, Jr., MD is Medical Director of Thoracic Surgery and Trauma at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA. He pioneered the anterior approach for VATS lobectomy and has by far the largest experience in this technique. However, he has also served as the principal investigator on several trials, including the Z0030 trial on lymph node staging and also the NETT Trial.
The Anterior Trans-cervical Approach to Remove a Desmoid Tumor of the Thoracic Inlet Followed by Chest Reconstruction Using the Stratos™ System and PTFE Patch
March 17, 2013
The anterior cervicothoracic approach was used to remove a desmoid tumor of the thoracic outlet in a 70-year-old male. The chest wall was reconstructed with titanium bars and a polytetrafluoroethylene-patch. The clavicle was fixed using a titanium clip. The postoperative period was uneventful.
March 4, 2013
This video demonstrates the ligation of the thoracic duct by a VATS approach. The patient suffered damage to the duct in the neck resulting in neck swelling and made local repair of the duct impossible. In this video the author demonstrates his technique for ligating the duct via a posterior VATS approach.
January 7, 2013
Dr. Joel Dunning leads a discussion on VATS and robotic lobectomy, sleeve lobectomy and pneumonectomy, new devices, as well as many other related issues.
November 11, 2012
At the recent EACTS meeting Dr. Doug Wood led a discussion on the treatment of limited stage mesothelioma. Topics included MARS Trial, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, EPP, and P/D.
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.
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.