Article Abstract

Tips and tricks for entering a difficult chest via VATS

Authors: Mingyon Mun, Junji Ichinose, Yosuke Matsuura, Masayuki Nakao, Sakae Okumura

Abstract

Recently, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been more widely employed in the treatment of various types of thoracic disease. Because almost all VATS approaches are completely via small-sized ports under visual monitoring, dense adhesions between the lung and parietal pleura can be visually obscuring, thus making progress in the VATS approach difficult. In this article, we introduce some tips and tricks for entering a difficult chest during VATS.