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December 11, 2013
This video demonstrates a VATS diaphragm plication. The patient had phrenic nerve paralysis of the left hemidiaphragm from an unknown cause. The patient had to give up his job due to shortness of breath and had a restrictive defect that was 30% worse in supine lung function testing.
December 9, 2013
Friedrich W. Mohr, MD, PhD is the medical director of the Leipzig Heart Center, Leipzig, Germany, and an International Director of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Learn more about his amazing career in cardiothoracic surgery.
December 4, 2013
This video demonstrates the treatment of esophageal squamous cell carcinomas through high intrathoracic circular anastomosis using a thoracoscopic technique.
November 26, 2013
Uniportal VATS is a safe approach for removing central tumors, but sometimes requires more extensive resections. This video highlights the feasibility of a right upper and middle bilobectomy with a tangential angioplasty of the pulmonary artery in the fissure.
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.
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.