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Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic bronchovascular, tracheal and carinal sleeve resections†.

Locally advanced lung tumours often require complex surgical techniques to achieve an oncological and safe procedure. Sleeve resections when operating on endobronchial lesions or hilar tumours should be attempted whenever possible rather than performing a pneumonectomy. These procedures result in improved survival, better quality of life, a reduced loss of lung function and an improved operative mortality compared with pneumonectomy. Although the most common approach is an open thoracotomy, these complex surgical techniques can be performed in a thoracoscopic way with the skills and the experience gained from major video-assisted thoracoscopic procedures (VATS). However, despite the multiple advantages of VATS compared with thoracotomy, such as decreased postoperative pain and better recovery, this minimally invasive approach is still not widely adopted for advanced stages of lung cancer and complex resections. Concerns about performing an adequate oncological resection and safe reconstruction VATS are the main reasons for the low adoption of these minimally invasive approaches. Like other thoracoscopic techniques, VATS sleeve procedures also have a steep learning curve, and should therefore be performed either by or with skilled and experienced VATS surgeons to ensure safety and avoid complications. In this article, we describe the technique of thoracoscopic sleeve procedures through a single-incision (uniportal) approach for bronchial, bronchovascular, tracheal and carinal reconstruction, and review the literature reporting sleeve resections by VATS.

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