Pulmonary resection using automatic stapling devices.

  title={Pulmonary resection using automatic stapling devices.},
  author={D. K. Kaplan and Richard I. Whyte and Raymund J Donnelly},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  volume={1 3},
Between January 1980 and December 1986, 674 patients underwent pulmonary surgery at this institution under the supervision of one surgeon (RJD). Automatic stapling devices were used to close the bronchus in all but 12 patients. Malignant disease was the reason for 85% of resections. The operative mortality was 4.9% (3.2% in patients undergoing lobectomy and 8.3% in those undergoing pneumonectomy). The complication rate was 17.3%. Bronchopleural fistula (BPF) occurred in 11 patients, an… CONTINUE READING

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