Outpatient video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy in an octogenarian
Video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy has gained acceptance for the treatment of small thymomas. Appropriately selected elderly patients may benefit as much as younger patients from this procedure. Specific benefits of minimally invasive surgery include shorter hospital stays, decreased complications and improved oncologic outcomes. Outpatient thoracic surgery is an established model for some procedures. In this report, we present an 80-year-old patient with an enlarging 2.5 cm thymoma who successfully underwent an outpatient right video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy at our institution. The patient’s postoperative course was uncomplicated. He continues to do well 3 years after his surgery. To our knowledge, this is the first reported outpatient video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy in an octogenarian.