What is the best strategy program to acquire video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy technique?

Duilio Divisi, Gino Zaccagna, Roberto Crisci


I would like to thank Konge et al. (1) for the interest and comment about my article. I take this opportunity to voice our point of view on the need of the specific video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomies training program, whose methods focused on the different opinions of surgeons. While in the past VATS approach represented only the smallest part of total lobectomies, today this is around 90% of total interventions in high-volume centers. The new generations of surgeons are faced with the necessity to quickly acquire the mastery of this technique, with the best planning which still arouses debate and controversy among experienced colleagues.