Perspective on uniportal thoracic surgery: where do we stand and what is the future

Marco Nardini, Rocco Bilancia, Joel Dunning


Uniportal video assisted thoracic surgery (U-VATS) is undoubtedly one of the recent most significant innovation in the field of pulmonary resection. The concept of a single incision, minimally invasive, thoracic procedure moved its first step in the late 90’. In more recent years we had several reports of uniportal surgery for major lung resection, complex surgery and also awake major pulmonary surgery. In this perspective we will try to understand the definitions, the potential benefit, its limitation and the future possible evolution of this relatively novel technique.