Surgical Technique

Video-assisted thoracoscopic completion thymectomy based on mediastinal pleura guidance

Kai Guo, Liping Tong, Xiaofei Li, Xiaolong Yan


We describe a practical video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) technique for the en bloc resection of the thymoma, thymus, and bilateral mediastinum lipid based on mediastinal pleura guidance. By taking advantage of single-lumen endotracheal tube (SLET) anesthesia and artificial pneumothorax, we acquired excellent exposure of the anterior mediastinum operative field. In addition, our limited data showed that this surgical approach might have a potential tendency on reducing the blood loss and the operative times. Moreover, no complication of phrenic nerve paralysis or signs of myasthenia gravis were observed at the 6-month follow-up.

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