Single port training in Latin-America—first uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery masterclass in Santiago, Chile

José Miguel Clavero


Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) surgery has become the standard technique in Thoracic Surgery since its introduction 20 years ago. Single port VATS appeared as the next step in its evolution, with rapid development since the first uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy (VATS lobectomy) by Dr. Diego Gonzalez-Rivas. During the last 5 years, the approach has been simplified, standardized and taught in many countries, courses, live surgery and dedicated programs, with reproducible results. Hands-on courses represent the best way to learn a new surgical technique, as it shortens learning curves and decreases complications. We present the first training course in single port VATS in our country, which became the first hands course in Thoracic Surgery in Chile.