Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery left upper lobectomy and systematic lymph node dissection with fused fissure

Ying Chen, Jun-Tao Lin, Song Dong, Xue-Ning Yang, Yi-Long Wu, Wen-Zhao Zhong


As surgical proficiency and the development of medical techniques have improved, uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has emerged as a minimally invasive alternative in the surgical management of lung cancer. The spectrum of uniportal VATS indications is now almost equal to that of conventional VATS. Recent decades have witnessed the emergence of numerous uniportal VATS techniques. A significant proportion of these have to be converted into a multiport approach and even open thoracotomy due to the difficulty of managing the upper lobe vein and bronchus, particularly for the technically challenging left upper lobectomy. Although many successfully uniportal VATS left upper lobectomies have been reported, their procedures were modularized without describing refined techniques or operative improvements. This report describes a patient who was clinically diagnosed with stage IB (T2aN0M0) primary lung cancer of the left upper lobe (LUL), and who underwent left upper lobectomy and systematic lymph node dissection. During the operation, the placement of a single incision was readjusted to obtain optimal angulation; the versatile electrocautery hook and curved suction tube were used in conjunction with each other; accessible, cost-effective modified instruments were used; and new operative tricks were created; in addition, the operative sequence was alternated and the nerves were preserved to ensure a smooth procedure, improve efficiency, embody tumor-free operation and ensure safety. These are all good ideas that are worth disseminating.