Article Abstract

VATS versus open thoracic surgery in Brazil—where are we standing?

Authors: Maria Teresa Ruiz Tsukazan, Ricardo Mingarini Terra

Abstract

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) technique for anatomical lung resections have been available for more than two decades. It’s been proved to be a safe technique with lower complications rate and comparable survival outcomes for lung cancer when compared to traditional open thoracotomy. However, this minimally invasive approach is not worldwide widely used. This perspective reviews Brazilian VATS experience.