Chest wall involvement from lung malignancy presents technical challenges for a minimally invasive surgical approach. Recently, new thoracoscopic rib cutting instrumentation has been developed and may offer a safe and efficient resection. Compared with thoracotomy, thoracoscopic lung and chest wall resection may potentially lower the morbidity associated with chest wall resection by thoracotomy. We present a case of thoracoscopic lobectomy with an en bloc chest wall resection.
From the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY.
Accepted for publication: November 24, 2008.
Presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the International Society for minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, June 11–14, 2008, Boston, MA.
Address correspondence and reprints requests to Sai Yendamuri, MD, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263; E-mail: Sai.Yendamuri@roswellpark.org.