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Dénise OUELLETTE

Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, University of Montreal
Montreal, Canada
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Endoscopic resection of an endobronchial hamartoma
Invasion of the tracheo-bronchial tree by a malignant pulmonary lesion is the most frequent cause of bronchial obstruction in the adult. However, benign lesions, although rare, may also occur.
Hamartoma is amongst the most frequent benign endobronchial tumors. In many cases, these tumors are amenable to endoscopic treatment (either resection or laser ablation), thus sparing the patient the potential morbidity of a thoracotomy and bronchial or parenchymal resection.
We present a case of bronchoscopic resection of a hamartoma obstructing the left lower lobe bronchus in a 58-year-old patient who had presented with cough and post-obstructive pneumonia.
Key aspects of the procedure include:
- Optimal pre-operative evaluation with flexible bronchoscopy and computed tomography of the chest.
- Close collaboration between the surgical and anesthesia teams who are sharing responsibility for the airway.
- Careful use of energy sources within the airway.
- Adequate precautions in case of an unexpected major endobronchial bleed.
The prognosis of completely resected benign tumors is excellent.
Acknowledgment: we would like to thank Nathalie Leroux RN and Mélodie Leclerc RN for their continued support.
Surgical intervention
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Endoscopic resection of an endobronchial hamartoma
Invasion of the tracheo-bronchial tree by a malignant pulmonary lesion is the most frequent cause of bronchial obstruction in the adult. However, benign lesions, although rare, may also occur.
Hamartoma is amongst the most frequent benign endobronchial tumors. In many cases, these tumors are amenable to endoscopic treatment (either resection or laser ablation), thus sparing the patient the potential morbidity of a thoracotomy and bronchial or parenchymal resection.
We present a case of bronchoscopic resection of a hamartoma obstructing the left lower lobe bronchus in a 58-year-old patient who had presented with cough and post-obstructive pneumonia.
Key aspects of the procedure include:
- Optimal pre-operative evaluation with flexible bronchoscopy and computed tomography of the chest.
- Close collaboration between the surgical and anesthesia teams who are sharing responsibility for the airway.
- Careful use of energy sources within the airway.
- Adequate precautions in case of an unexpected major endobronchial bleed.
The prognosis of completely resected benign tumors is excellent.
Acknowledgment: we would like to thank Nathalie Leroux RN and Mélodie Leclerc RN for their continued support.
Completely thoracoscopic segmentectomy: apical segment, right upper lobe
Standard treatment of early-stage non-small cell lung cancer involves anatomic pulmonary lobectomy and mediastinal lymph node dissection. In patients with compromised lung function, anatomic segmentectomy may be an acceptable alternative to lobectomy. Traditionally, this procedure has been carried out via postero-lateral thoracotomy, requiring division of chest wall muscles and rib spreading. This is frequently associated with disturbed respiratory mechanics in the postoperative period, as well as chronic postoperative pain which may become incapacitating in 5% of patients.
One of the major potential advantages of thoracoscopic approaches is decreasing the incidence of post-thoracotomy pain.
Key aspects of thoracoscopic segmentectomy include:
Proper patient positioning.
Access to the pleural cavity and appropriate positioning of operating incisions.
Careful dissection of segmental branches of the pulmonary artery and bronchus.
Division of blood vessels and bronchus using endoscopic staplers.
Division of lung parenchyma along intersegmental planes.

The thoracoscopic approach can be carried out with similar morbidity and similar oncologic outcome to traditional open surgery. We present a completely thoracoscopic resection of the apical segment of the right upper lobe for a small T1 adenocarcinoma in a 78-year-old patient. The video emphasizes the steps of segmental resection —mediastinal lymph node dissection was effected but is not shown.

Acknowledgment: we would like to thank Nathalie Leroux RN, Francine Martin RN, and Mélodie Leclerc RN for their continued support. Additionally, the figure used to illustrate the positioning of operating incisions was adapted with permission from: «Handbook of perioperative care in general thoracic surgery», Deslauriers J, Mehran R, eds. Positioning and incisions, pages 206-227, fig 5-19, Copyright Elsevier, 2005.
Surgical intervention
8 years ago
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Completely thoracoscopic segmentectomy: apical segment, right upper lobe
Standard treatment of early-stage non-small cell lung cancer involves anatomic pulmonary lobectomy and mediastinal lymph node dissection. In patients with compromised lung function, anatomic segmentectomy may be an acceptable alternative to lobectomy. Traditionally, this procedure has been carried out via postero-lateral thoracotomy, requiring division of chest wall muscles and rib spreading. This is frequently associated with disturbed respiratory mechanics in the postoperative period, as well as chronic postoperative pain which may become incapacitating in 5% of patients.
One of the major potential advantages of thoracoscopic approaches is decreasing the incidence of post-thoracotomy pain.
Key aspects of thoracoscopic segmentectomy include:
Proper patient positioning.
Access to the pleural cavity and appropriate positioning of operating incisions.
Careful dissection of segmental branches of the pulmonary artery and bronchus.
Division of blood vessels and bronchus using endoscopic staplers.
Division of lung parenchyma along intersegmental planes.

The thoracoscopic approach can be carried out with similar morbidity and similar oncologic outcome to traditional open surgery. We present a completely thoracoscopic resection of the apical segment of the right upper lobe for a small T1 adenocarcinoma in a 78-year-old patient. The video emphasizes the steps of segmental resection —mediastinal lymph node dissection was effected but is not shown.

Acknowledgment: we would like to thank Nathalie Leroux RN, Francine Martin RN, and Mélodie Leclerc RN for their continued support. Additionally, the figure used to illustrate the positioning of operating incisions was adapted with permission from: «Handbook of perioperative care in general thoracic surgery», Deslauriers J, Mehran R, eds. Positioning and incisions, pages 206-227, fig 5-19, Copyright Elsevier, 2005.
Video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy: right upper lobe
Standard treatment of early-stage non-small cell lung cancer involves anatomic pulmonary lobectomy and mediastinal lymph node dissection. Traditionally, this procedure has been carried out via posterolateral thoracotomy, requiring division of chest wall muscles and rib spreading. This is frequently associated with chronic postoperative pain, which may become incapacitating in 5% of patients.

One of the major potential advantages of video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy is decreasing the incidence of chronic post-thoracotomy pain.

Key aspects of the procedure include:
- proper patient positioning;
- access to the pleural cavity and appropriate positioning of operating incisions*;
- careful dissection of pulmonary arterial branches, using a “fissure-sparing” technique whenever possible to decrease the incidence of prolonged postoperative air leaks;
- division of lung parenchyma, blood vessels, and bronchus using endoscopic staplers.

The VATS approach can be carried out with similar morbidity and similar oncologic outcome to traditional open surgery. We present VATS lobectomy for neuro-endocrine carcinoma of the right upper lobe in a 71-year-old patient (the video emphasizes the steps of lobe resection —mediastinal lymph node dissection was effected, but is not shown).
Acknowledgment: we would like to thank Nathalie Leroux RN, Francine Martin RN, and Mélodie Leclerc RN for their continued support.
*The figure used to illustrate the positioning of operating incisions was adapted with permission from: «Handbook of perioperative care in general thoracic surgery», Deslauriers J, Mehran R, eds. Positioning and incisions, pages 206-227, fig 5-19, Copyright Elsevier, 2005.
Surgical intervention
8 years ago
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Video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy: right upper lobe
Standard treatment of early-stage non-small cell lung cancer involves anatomic pulmonary lobectomy and mediastinal lymph node dissection. Traditionally, this procedure has been carried out via posterolateral thoracotomy, requiring division of chest wall muscles and rib spreading. This is frequently associated with chronic postoperative pain, which may become incapacitating in 5% of patients.

One of the major potential advantages of video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy is decreasing the incidence of chronic post-thoracotomy pain.

Key aspects of the procedure include:
- proper patient positioning;
- access to the pleural cavity and appropriate positioning of operating incisions*;
- careful dissection of pulmonary arterial branches, using a “fissure-sparing” technique whenever possible to decrease the incidence of prolonged postoperative air leaks;
- division of lung parenchyma, blood vessels, and bronchus using endoscopic staplers.

The VATS approach can be carried out with similar morbidity and similar oncologic outcome to traditional open surgery. We present VATS lobectomy for neuro-endocrine carcinoma of the right upper lobe in a 71-year-old patient (the video emphasizes the steps of lobe resection —mediastinal lymph node dissection was effected, but is not shown).
Acknowledgment: we would like to thank Nathalie Leroux RN, Francine Martin RN, and Mélodie Leclerc RN for their continued support.
*The figure used to illustrate the positioning of operating incisions was adapted with permission from: «Handbook of perioperative care in general thoracic surgery», Deslauriers J, Mehran R, eds. Positioning and incisions, pages 206-227, fig 5-19, Copyright Elsevier, 2005.
Video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy: right lower lobe
Standard treatment of early-stage non-small cell lung cancer involves anatomic pulmonary lobectomy and mediastinal lymph node dissection. Traditionally, this procedure has been carried out via postero-lateral thoracotomy, requiring division of chest wall muscles and rib spreading. This is frequently associated with chronic postoperative pain, which may become incapacitating in 5% of patients.
One of the major potential advantages of video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy is decreasing the incidence of chronic post-thoracotomy pain.
Key aspects of the procedure include:
- proper patient positioning;
- access to the pleural cavity and appropriate positioning of operating incisions*;
- careful dissection of pulmonary arterial branches, using a “fissure-sparing” technique whenever possible to decrease the incidence of prolonged postoperative air-leaks;
- division of lung parenchyma, blood vessels, and bronchus using endoscopic staplers.
The VATS approach can be carried out with similar morbidity and similar oncologic outcome to traditional open surgery. We present VATS lobectomy for adenocarcinoma of the right lower lobe in a 78-year-old patient (the video emphasizes the steps of lobe resection - mediastinal lymph node dissection was effected but is not shown).
Acknowledgment: we would like to thank Nathalie Leroux RN, Francine Girard RN, and Mélodie Leclerc RN for their continued support.

*The figure used to illustrate the positioning of operating incisions was adapted with permission from: «Handbook of perioperative care in general thoracic surgery», Deslauriers J, Mehran R, eds. Positioning and incisions, pages 206-227, fig 5-19, Copyright Elsevier, 2005.
Surgical intervention
8 years ago
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09:56
Video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy: right lower lobe
Standard treatment of early-stage non-small cell lung cancer involves anatomic pulmonary lobectomy and mediastinal lymph node dissection. Traditionally, this procedure has been carried out via postero-lateral thoracotomy, requiring division of chest wall muscles and rib spreading. This is frequently associated with chronic postoperative pain, which may become incapacitating in 5% of patients.
One of the major potential advantages of video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy is decreasing the incidence of chronic post-thoracotomy pain.
Key aspects of the procedure include:
- proper patient positioning;
- access to the pleural cavity and appropriate positioning of operating incisions*;
- careful dissection of pulmonary arterial branches, using a “fissure-sparing” technique whenever possible to decrease the incidence of prolonged postoperative air-leaks;
- division of lung parenchyma, blood vessels, and bronchus using endoscopic staplers.
The VATS approach can be carried out with similar morbidity and similar oncologic outcome to traditional open surgery. We present VATS lobectomy for adenocarcinoma of the right lower lobe in a 78-year-old patient (the video emphasizes the steps of lobe resection - mediastinal lymph node dissection was effected but is not shown).
Acknowledgment: we would like to thank Nathalie Leroux RN, Francine Girard RN, and Mélodie Leclerc RN for their continued support.

*The figure used to illustrate the positioning of operating incisions was adapted with permission from: «Handbook of perioperative care in general thoracic surgery», Deslauriers J, Mehran R, eds. Positioning and incisions, pages 206-227, fig 5-19, Copyright Elsevier, 2005.