Extended uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery for lung cancer: is it feasible?
Since the first description of uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery (U-VATS) (or single-port) lobectomy, several centers in Asia and Europe rapidly adopted this technique as a standard approach for treatment of early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Despite the controversies regarding feasibility and completeness of resection, thoracic surgeons in high volume centers keep pushing the limits to perform very complex procedures also known as “extended resections” through minimally invasive surgery. Published series and case reports confirm the viability of U-VATS in highly complex surgical cases such as pneumonectomy, chest wall resection and bronchoplasty, which require experience and technical ability to be performed through a 3–6 cm single incision. In this article, the authors would like to present several clinical indications of locally advanced NSCLC and the technical aspects to accomplish an extended resection through U-VATS.