ABSTRACT: Video-assisted lobectomy procedures include a broad spectrum of operative techniques that range from complete thoracoscopic surgery to minithoracotomy with a thoracoscope serving only as a light source. We describe a modified method for thoracoscopic approach for lobectomy with thoracic muscle sparing based on a combined complete port-accessed technique with a subcostal incision. We have successfully used this technique for lobectomies in stage I lung tumors. Intercostal muscles and nerve injury preservation allied to fast track rehabilitation perioperative care allowed rapid postoperative recovery.
Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery 10/2010; 11(4):383-4.