Article Abstract

Intraoperative complications during VATS lobectomies from conversion to minimally-invasive “trouble-shooting”

Authors: Paolo Lucciarini, Florian Augustin, Herbert Thomas Maier, Francesco Zaraca, Thomas Schmid


The aim of this study was to explore intraoperative complications during video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy. Vascular and bronchial injuries, after a robust learning curve, can be sometimes successfully managed by VATS. During a VATS lobectomy, it is necessary: to be prepared in potentially dangerous situations; to think about strategies to handle intraoperative complications and to share these strategies with your own staff. Herein we present some videos showing cases where vascular injuries led to conversion and others where a minimally-invasive trouble shooting of intraoperative complications was achieved.