Use of video-assisted thoracic surgery for lobectomy in the elderly results in fewer complications.

@article{Cattaneo2008UseOV,
  title={Use of video-assisted thoracic surgery for lobectomy in the elderly results in fewer complications.},
  author={Stephen M. Cattaneo and Bernard J H Park and Andrew S. Wilton and Venkatraman E. Seshan and Maureen Jingeleski and Robert J. Downey and Raja M Flores and Nabil Pierre Rizk and Valerie Rusch},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2008},
  volume={85 1},
  pages={
          231-5; discussion 235-6
        }
}
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine if the utilization of video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) for lobectomy for clinical stage I non-small cell lung cancer in elderly patients results in decreased complications compared with lobectomy by thoracotomy (THOR). METHODS A retrospective, matched case-control study was performed evaluating the perioperative outcomes after lobectomy by VATS versus THOR performed in elderly patients (age > or = 70 years) at a single institution… CONTINUE READING
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