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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 63-64

A modified method using a two-port approach for accessing the hilar vasculature without transferring an endostapler from camera port to utility port during thoracoscopic right upper lobectomy


Department of Thoracic Surgery, the Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University, 16 Jiangsu Road, Qingdao 266003, China

Correspondence Address:
Dr. W Jiao
Department of Thoracic Surgery, the Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University, 16 Jiangsu Road, Qingdao 266003
China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.151985

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For thoracoscopic upper lobectomies, most cutting endostaplers must be inserted through the camera port when using a two-port approach. Access to the hilar vasculature through only the utility port remains a challenge. In this study, we describe a procedure to access the hilar vasculature without transferring the endostapler site during a thoracoscopic right upper lobectomy. A 2.5-cm utility anterior incision was made in the fourth intercostal space. The posterior mediastinal visceral pleura were dissected to expose the posterior portion of the right upper bronchus and the anterior trunk of the right pulmonary artery. The pleura over the right hilar vasculature were then peeled with an electrocoagulation hook. The anterior trunk of the right pulmonary artery was then transected with a cutting endostapler through the utility port firstly. This crucial maneuver allowed the endostapler access to the right upper lobe pulmonary vein. The hilar structures were then easily handled in turn. This novel technique was performed successfully in 32 patients, with no perioperative deaths. The average operation time was 120.6 min (range 75-180 min). This novel technique permits effective control of the hilar vessels through the utility port, enabling simple, safe, quick and effective resection.






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