Video-assisted thoracic surgery for lung carcinoma
The incidence of lung carcinoma has increased worldwide. Surgical treatment remains the primary treatment for lung carcinoma. To achieve radical tumor resection and minimize the trauma has been the target of the surgeon. Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) for lung carcinoma was first described more than 20 years ago (1). Compared with conventional open surgery, the advantages of VATS for carcinoma of the lung include reduction of surgical trauma, postoperative pain and intraoperative blood loss, less operative time, less effect on pulmonary functions, fewer complications and rapid recovery (2-4) with long-term survival similar to that of conventional open surgery (5).