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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 173-177

(Video Assisted) thoracoscopic surgery: Getting started

Department of Surgery, Medical School, University of Pécs, Hungary

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Tamas F Molnar
H-7632 Pécs, Ifjúság u 13
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.38912

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Thoracoscopic surgery without or with video assistance (VATS) is simpler and easier to learn as it seems to be. Potential benefits of the procedure in rural surgical environment are outlined while basic requirements and limitations are listed. Thoracoscopy kit, thoracotomy tray at hand, patient monitoring, proper drainage system, pain control and access to chest physiotherapy are the basic requirements. Having headlight, bronchoscope, Ligasure and mechanical staplers offer clear advantages but they are not indispensable. Exploration and evacuation of pleural space, pleurodesis, surgery for Stage I and II thoracic empyema are evidenced fields of VATS procedures. Some of the cases can be performed under controlled local anesthesia. Acute chest trauma cannot be recommended for VATS treatment. Lung cancer is out of the scope of rural surgery.


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