Start and development of uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) in Dominican Republic: surgeries and training experience

Jonathan Vargas Acevedo, Diego González-Rivas


Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) through a uniportal approach its actually successfully performed for several diseases and gaining adepts everywhere. By 2016 more than 10 thousand reports in literatures reviews and evidence revision. The benefits of this technique support the great interest globally and the Dominican Republic, a non-continental Caribbean country of the 3rd world is already taking steps to get onboard performing the procedure. Since 2016 under the guidance of the pioneer Dr. Diego González-Rivas in this country have been performed close to 50 cases of benign and low complexity procedures. Recently, to continue learning and developing this technique in the country, a right upper lobectomy in a cancer patient was made in the context of the 1st masterclass of uniportal VATS.