J Thorac Dis 2016 Mar;8(3):617-27
1 Department of Thoracic Surgery, the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou 510120, China ; 2 Guangzhou Research Institute of Respiratory Disease, China State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Disease, Guangzhou 510120, China ; 3 National Centre for Clinical Trials on Respiratory Diseases, Guangzhou 510120, China.
Lung cancer invading pulmonary trunk is a locally advanced condition, which may indicate poor prognosis. Surgical resection of the lesion can significantly improve survival for some patients. Lobectomy/Pneumonectomy with pulmonary arterioplasty via thoracotomy were generally accepted and used in the past. As the rapid development of minimally invasive techniques and devices, pulmonary arterioplasty is feasible via video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). However, few studies have reported the VATS surgical techniques. In this study, we reported the techniques of pulmonary arterioplasty via VATS.