Article Abstract

Subxiphoid mediastinal lymphadenectomy

Authors: William Guido Guerrero, Luis Angel Hernandez Arenas, Gening Jiang, Yang Yang, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas, Lei Jiang


Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has experience an exponential growth in lung anatomic resections. Since its beginnings in early 90s with the conventional multiport VATS to the more recent uniportal approach, a continuous search for a less invasive procedure has fueled the development of minimally invasive thoracic surgery. In this sense, subxiphoid uniportal VATS has surge as a uniportal option that avoids damage to the intercostal nerve created in a transthoracic approach. In order for this technique to become as an acceptable choice for lung cancer, oncologic principles must be respected, including a feasible and safe mediastinal lymphadenectomy. Although technically more difficult than other VATS approaches, a complete lymphadenectomy is possible in the hands of expert VATS surgeons through a subxiphoid approach.