The first uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery masterclass in New Zealand
Although thoracotomy is still a standard approach to lung resection for some New Zealand (NZ) surgeons, there is an increasing penetration of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) approaches to complex lung resection, but only a few surgeons have applied uniportal techniques. This paper describes the first uniportal VATS (uVATS) Masterclass held in NZ that includes an animal wetlab, and a 2-day live surgery with proctorship from Professor Diego Gonzalez-Rivas. In our wetlab experience, we have used single lumen endotracheal intubation and bronchial blocker to facilitate excellent lung isolation. Prof Gonzalez-Rivas proctored 6 live surgical cases of successful uVATS for lung resection without compromising the optimal oncological principles. Following this Masterclass, our unit has adopted uniportal VATS as the default approach for all lung resection and pleural based operations.