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We report on our experience in 20 patients who underwent major thoracoscopic pulmonary resections between October 1991 and November 1992. These consist of 2 left pneumonectomies, 17 lobectomies, and 1 segmentectomy. The indications were strictly limited to benign pulmonary diseases and stage I (TNM) primary lung cancer. A hilar lymphadenectomy was performed(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate our personal experience and survival curves after video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomies for stage I lung cancer, in comparison with the results reported in existing literature. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of our experience and an overview of literature. SETTING Department of Surgery,(More)
A videothoracoscopic right lower pulmonary lobectomy is reported. The excision was done in a 71-year-old man suffering from an adenocarcinoma of the right lower lobe, with an apparent absence of lymphnodal and systemic metastasis. The procedure has been performed using four 10-mm cannulas and a minimal inframammary thoracotomy (4 cm) by inserting a chip(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES Personal results and validity of videothoracoscopic (VTS) approach to primary mediastinal diseases are analyzed. DESIGN Retrospective review of personal experience. SETTING Department of Surgery, San Giuseppe Hospital, University of Milano, Italy. PATIENTS From September 1991 to January 1999, of a personal series of 1,653 VTS(More)
BACKGROUND Herein we compare our personal experience with a series of > 2000 videothoracoscopic procedures with those reported in the literature to identify the procedures now accepted as the gold standard, those still regarded as investigational, and those considered unacceptable. METHODS Between June 1991 and December 2000, we performed 2068(More)
Although more than 10 years have passed since the first video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomies, these procedures have not gained widespread acceptance. We discuss the technical aspects and major problems associated with these operations, focusing on their present status and future perspectives. The results of our clinical series are presented and the(More)
1. Background We developed this surgical protocol about performing intraoperative laparoscopy for staging in every patient affected by stomach cancer. Sensitivity and specificity of intraoperative laparoscopy are compared with conventional preoperative staging techniques.2. Methods From January 1994 to June 1999, 83 patients affected by stomach cancer were(More)
Videoendoscopic lobectomies or pneumonectomies are infrequently performed, mostly because of technical difficulties, concern for intraoperative accidents, and radicality in case of malignancy. The work diffusely describes technical details and a personal experience of videothoracoscopic major pulmonary resections (MPRs). All patients are first explored(More)
Background: Major vascular injuries (MVI) still occur in laparoscopic surgery. Methods: We report our institution's experience of two MVI (aortic lesions) in a series of 3545 laparoscopies (July 1991–December 2000). We compared this experience with other series reporting MVI from Medline, Embase, Current Contents, and Best Evidence. Results: There were no(More)
Personal experience of 42 videothoracoscopic operations is reported. From September 91 to May 92 we performed 10 major lung resections (1 pneumonectomy, 8 lobectomies, 1 segmentectomy) 9 wedge lung resections, 4 excisions of pulmonary bullae, 12 pleurectomies with or without apicectomy, 6 excisions of mediastinal masses (3 thymomas, 2 mediastinal cysts, 1(More)