Article Abstract

Uniportal video-assisted lobectomy through a posterior approach

Authors: Francesco Paolo Caronia, Ettore Arrigo, Alfonso Fiorelli


We propose a technique of uniportal VATS lobectomy using a posterior approach. The main differences of our technique versus standard anterior uniportal VATS are the following: (I) the surgical incision is performed in the auscultatory triangle instead of in the posterior axillary line and (II) the surgeon is placed posteriorly to the patient rather than anteriorly. For thoracic surgeons who are familiar with posterolateral thoracotomy, our technique allows to replicate the same maneuvers performed in the open approach. This strategy was applied with success in 19 consecutive patients for anatomical resection of neoplastic (n=17) and benign (n=2) diseases.