Non-intubated video-assisted thoracic surgery in patients aged 80 years and older.

@article{Katlic2015NonintubatedVT,
  title={Non-intubated video-assisted thoracic surgery in patients aged 80 years and older.},
  author={Mark R. Katlic and Matthew A Facktor},
  journal={Annals of translational medicine},
  year={2015},
  volume={3 8},
  pages={101}
}
BACKGROUND Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is routinely performed with general anesthesia and double-lumen endotracheal intubation, but this technique may stress an elderly patient's functional reserve. We chose to study the safety and efficacy of non-intubated VATS, utilizing local anesthesia, sedation, and spontaneous ventilation in the elderly. METHODS The medical records of all patients aged 80 years and older who underwent VATS under local anesthesia and sedation during the time… CONTINUE READING

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