Alternative Surgical Approaches for Challenging Cases in Thoracic Surgery

Posted On 2021-06-25 10:30:19

In the last decade, thoracic surgery has rapidly moved forward to new approaches. The introduction and diffusion of VATS lobectomy represents a watershed and now this technique represents the gold standard for pulmonary resection. Progressively, the indication for a minimally invasive approach moved from initial stage pulmonary disease to more advanced ones, with resection extended to other organs, invading fields generally considered reserved to open approaches. Concurrently, new approaches emerged as robotic surgery, no more limited to the mediastinal pathology.

We aim to provide with this focused series an overview about the possible and, sometimes, unprecedented approaches to complex cases. This may be helpful to other surgeons when facing challenging cases and to stimulate their imagination, which represents one of the fundamental elements for the progress of surgery.

Alternative surgical approaches for challenging cases in thoracic surgery—Preface
Federico Rea

Original article
Uniportal subxiphoid video assisted thoracoscopy surgery approach for bilateral lesions
Balasubramanian Venkitaraman, Zhaolong Zeng, Jiang Lei, Giuseppe Aresu

Review article
Combined approach for NSCLC with chest wall invasion: the role of VATS
Jury Brandolini, Giampiero Dolci, Filippo Antonacci, Niccolò Daddi, Pietro Bertoglio, Kenji Kawamukai, Barbara Bonfanti, Francesca Calabrese, Sergio Fortiparri, Alessandro Gasbarrini, Piergiorgio Solli

Role of video-assisted thoracic surgery in T4 NSCLC
Debora Brascia, Giulia De Iaco, Marcella Schiavone, Samuele Nicotra, Francesca Signore, Teodora Panza, Alessandro Geronimo, Doroty Sampietro, Giuseppe Marulli

Robotic surgery for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer
Piergiorgio Muriana, Gianluca Perroni, Pierluigi Novellis, Giulia Veronesi

Case report
Combined right thoracotomy and left video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for left tracheal sleeve pneumonectomy: a case report
Marco Mammana, Giovanni M. Comacchio, Alessandro Pangoni, Andrea Zuin, Samuele Nicotra, Chiara Giraudo, Federico Rea

The series “Alternative Surgical Approaches for Challenging Cases in Thoracic Surgery” was commissioned by the editorial office, Journal of Visualized Surgery without any sponsorship or funding. Federico Rea served as the unpaid Guest Editor for the series.