Article Abstract

Completely thoracoscopic right upper lobectomy and mediastinal lymph node dissection

Authors: Ping-Ming Fan, Wu-Ping Zheng, Li-Ping Zheng, Bing-Yu Gao, Guo-Ping Chen, Yu Liu


Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been constantly used in the diagnosis and treatment of intrathoracic disease. The focus of VATS is primarily concerned with the completeness of mediastinal lymph node dissection for lung cancer and the safety of surgery. Here we discuss the feasibility of VATS right upper lobectomy and systematic lymph node dissection, for a 60-year-old woman who was admitted for tumor of the right upper lobe, and describe this treatment method and the major indications. The technique of single-direction lobectomy and mediastinal lymph node dissection is a safe and feasible completely thoracoscopic lobectomy in minimally invasive approach. Single-direction lobectomy can shorten the operation time and reduce the difficulty and complexity of the procedure. The video demonstrates the manipulation of arterial and venous bleeding in thoracoscopic surgery and the skill of single-direction operation.