Article Abstract

The resident’s point of view in the learning curve of thymic MIS: why should I learn it?

Authors: Anna E. Frick, Hans Van Veer, Herbert Decaluwé, Willy Coosemans, Dirk Van Raemdonck


Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in thoracic surgery became quite popular during the last years. The aim of introducing and performing more MIS is to reduce surgical trauma, pain and complications in patients. Training in MIS increases operative time and thus cost in theatre but thus improves with experience. For a resident, the cases should be well selected with experienced supervision in a suitable setting with supporting staff and optimal instruments. Understanding the anatomy of the lung, using simulators, and attending workshops makes the learning curve shorter.