Article Abstract

Subxiphoid approach for a combined right upper lobectomy and thymectomy through a single incision

Authors: Alonso José Oviedo Argueta, Sonia Raquelline Roque Cañas, Firas Abu Akar, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas


The subxiphoid uniportal video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a new interesting approach for the resection of anterior mediastinal masses and lung resections. For this reason in cases with both pathologies is an ideal approach to perform both procedures at the same time without multiple incisions. The evolution in the surgery of thymoma is getting less invasive, from the transsternal thymectomy to the minimally invasive Thoracic surgery improving the recovery of the patients and with satisfactory postoperative results, otherwise the anatomical view of the main structures and the recognition of the vascular anatomy, and his variants is feasible. In those cases with synchronic masses, the Subxiphoid approach is an ideal option in hands of experienced surgeons. In this video, we present the case of a right upper lobectomy and a thymectomy by subxiphoid approach in which the anatomical variations of the thymic artery are well recognized, and both procedures were completed without complications.