Technique of video-assisted thoracoscopic left pneumonectomy

Mark W. Hennon, Todd L. Demmy


Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) approaches to lobectomy for treatment of early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have generally been accepted to be beneficial. Experience and results for more extensive resections, including thoracoscopic pneumonectomy are limited. Here we report a case with attached videos describing key technical aspects of performing a thoracoscopic left pneumonectomy. This demonstrates the adoption of VATS for tumor pathology requiring pneumonectomy is feasible and can be done safely. Further study is needed to clarify potential advantages or drawbacks to approaching more complex tumor pathology by VATS.