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Case Reports, Single port thoracic surgery

Case Report: Hilar mass resection using single port thoracoscopy with Dr. Diego Gonzalez – Rivas

Hilar mass resection using single port thoracoscopy with Dr. Diego Gonzalez – Rivas

K. Eckland & Andres M. Neira, MD

Instituto Nacional de Cancerlogia

Bogota, Colombia

Surgeon(s): Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas and Dr. Ricardo Buitrago

Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas demonstrates single port thoracoscopy

Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas demonstrates single port thoracoscopy

Case History:

59-year-old female with past medical history significant for recurrent mediastinal mass previously resectioned via right VATS.  Additional past medical history included prior right-sided nephrectomy.

Pre-operative labs:

CBC:  WBC 7230   Neu 73%  Hgb:14.1  Hct 37  platelets 365000

Pt 12.1  / INR1.1  PTT: 28.3

Diagnostics:

Pre-operative CT scan: chest

edited to preserve patient privacy

edited to preserve patient privacy

Procedure:  Single port thoracoscopy with resection of mediastinal mass and lymph node sampling

After review of relevant patient history including radiographs, patient was positioned for a right-sided procedure. After being prepped, and draped, surgery procedure in sterile fashion.  A linear incision was made in the anterior chest – mid clavicular line at approximately the fifth intercostal space.  A 10mm port was briefly inserted and the chest cavity inspected.  The port was then removed, and the incision was expanded by an additional centimeter to allow for the passage of multiple instruments; including camera, grasper and suction catheter.

Dr. Gonzalez Rivas and Dr. Ricardo Buitrago at National Cancer Institute

Dr. Gonzalez Rivas and Dr. Ricardo Buitrago at National Cancer Institute

The chest cavity, pleura and lung were inspected.  The medial mediastinal mass was then identified.

instruments

As previously indicated on pre-operative CT scan, the mass was located adjacent and adherent to the vessels of the hilum.  This area was carefully dissected free, in a painstaking fashion.  After freeing the mediastinal mass from the hilum, the remaining surfaces of the mass were resected.  The mass was fixed to the artery pulmonary and infiltrating it) .  The mass was removed en-bloc.  Care was then taken to identify, and sample the adjacent lymph nodes which were located at stations (4, 7 and 10).

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Following removal of the tumor and lymph nodes, the area was re-inspected, and the lung was re-inflated.  A 28 french chest tube was inserted in the original incision, with suturing of the fascia, subcutaneous and skin layers.

closing the single port incision

closing the single port incision

Hemostasis was maintained during the procedure with minimal blood loss.

Patient was hemodynamically stable throughout the case, and maintained appropriate oxygen saturations.  Following surgery, the patient was awakened, extubated and transferred to the surgical intensive care unit.

Post-operative:  Post-operative chest x-ray confirmed appropriate chest tube placement and no significant bleeding or pneumothorax.

Immediate post-operative film (chest tube visible)

Immediate post-operative film (chest tube visible)

Patient did well post-operatively.  Chest tube was discontinued on POD#2 and discharged home.

PA & LAT films on post-operative day 2

PA & LAT films on post-operative day 2

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Discussion: Since the initial published reports of single-port thoracoscopy, this procedure has been applied to an increasing range of cases.  Dr. Gonzalez and his team have published reports demonstrating the safety and utility of the single-port technique for multiple procedures including lobectomies, sleeve resections, segmentectomies, pneumonectomies and mediastinal mass resections. Dr. Hanao Chen (Taiwan) has reported several successful esophagectomies using this technical, as well as bilateral pleural drainage using a unilateral single-port approach.

Contrary to popular perception, the use of a single-port versus traditional VATS procedures (three or more) is actually associated with better visibility and accessibility for surgeons.  Surgeons using this technical have also reported better ergonomics with less operating fatigue related to awkward body positioning while operating.

The learn curve for this surgical approach is less than anticipated due to the reasons cited above, and has been cited at 5 to 20 cases by Dr. Gonzalez, the creator of this approach.

The main limitations for surgeons using this technique is often related to anticipated (but potentially unrealized) fears regarding the need for urgent conversion to open thoracotomy.  In reality, many of the complications that may lead to urgent conversion, such as major bleeding, are manageable thoracoscopically once surgeons are experienced and comfortable with this approach.

Dr. Gonzalez and his colleagues have reported a conversion rate of less than 1% in their practice.  Subsequent reports by Dr. Gonzalez and his colleagues have documented these findings.

Other barriers to adoption of this technique are surgeon-based, and may be related to the individual surgeon’s willingness or reluctance to adopt new techniques and technology.   Many of these surgeons would be surprised by how this technique mimics open surgery.

The successful adoption of this technique by numerous thoracic surgery fellows shows the feasibility and ease of learning single-port thoracoscopy by surgeons interested in adopting and advancing their surgical proficiency in minimally invasive surgery.

The benefits for utilizing this technique include decreased length of stay, decreased patient discomfort and greater patient satisfaction.

References/ Additional Readings

Bertolaccini, L., Rocco, G., Viti, A. & Terzi, A. (2013).  Surgical technique: Geometrical characteristics of uniportal VATS.  J. Thorac Dis. 2013, Apr 07.  Article from thoracic surgeons at the National Cancer Institute in Naples, Italy explains how the geometric advantages of uniportal VATS improves visibility and spatial perception over traditional VATS, and mimics open surgery.

Calvin, S. H. Ng (2013). Uniportal VATS in Asia.  J Thorac Dis 2013 Jun 20.  Article discussing the spread of uniportal techniques in Taiwan, China and other parts of Asia.

Chen, Chin-Hao, Lin, Wei-Sha, Chang, Ho, Lee, Shih-Yi, Tzu-Ti, Hung & Tai, Chih-Yin (2013).  Treatment of bilateral empyema thoracis using unilateral single-port thoracoscopic approach.  Ann Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2013.

Gonzalez Rivas, D., Fieira, E., Delgado, M., Mendez, L., Fernandez, R. & De la Torre, M. (2013). Surgical technique: Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy.  J. Thorac Dis. 2013 July 4.

Gonzalez Rivas, D., Delgado, M., Fieira, E., Mendez, L. Fernandez, R. & De la Torre, M. (2013).  Surgical technique: Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic pneumonectomy.  J. Thorac Dis. 2013 July 4.

Rocco, G. (2013). VATS and uniportal VATS: a glimpse into the future.  J. Thorac Dis. 2013 July 04.  After coming across several articles by Dr. Gaetano Rocco, and actively pursuing several other publications by this Italian thoracic surgeon, I have become increasingly convinced that Gaetano Rocco, along with Dr. Gonzalez Rivas is one of the world’s leading innovators in thoracic surgery.  Hopefully, cirugia de torax will be able to catch up to Dr. Rocco at some point for an in-depth discussion.

Rocco, G., Martucci, N., La Manna, C., Jones, D. R., De Luca, G., La Rocca, A., Cuomo, A. & Accardo, R. (2013).  Ten years experience on 644 patients undergoing single-port (uniportal) video-assisted surgery.  Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 2013, Aug, 96(2): 434-438.

Rocco G, Martin-Ucar A, Passera E. Uniportal VATS wedge pulmonary resections. Ann Thorac Surg. 2004;77:726–728.

Rocco G. Single port video-assisted thoracic surgery (uniportal) in the routine general thoracic surgical practiceOp Tech (Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons). 2009;14:326–335.

Rocco G, Khalil M, Jutley R. Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery wedge lung biopsy in the diagnosis of interstitial lung diseasesJ Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2005;129:947–948.

Rocco G, Brunelli A, Jutley R, et al. Uniportal VATS for mediastinal nodal diagnosis and stagingInteract Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2006;5:430–432

Rocco G, La Rocca A, La Manna C, et al. Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery pericardial window. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2006;131:921–922.

Jutley RS, Khalil MW, Rocco G Uniportal vs standard three-port VATS technique for spontaneous pneumothorax: comparison of post-operative pain and residual paraesthesiaEur J Cardiothorac Surg 2005;28:43-46.

Salati M, Brunelli A, Rocco G. Uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery for diagnosis and treatment of intrathoracic conditions. Thorac Surg Clin. 2008;18:305–310.

Rocco G, Cicalese M, La Manna C, La Rocca A, Martucci N, Salvi R. Ultrasonographic identification of peripheral pulmonary nodules through uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgeryAnn Thorac Surg. 2011;92:1099–1101.

Rocco G, La Rocca A, Martucci N, Accardo R. Awake single-access (uniportal) video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for spontaneous pneumothorax. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011;142:944–945.

Rocco G, Romano V, Accardo R, et al. Awake single-access (uniportal) video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for peripheral pulmonary nodules in a complete ambulatory setting. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010;89:1625–1627.

Rocco G. (2012). One-port (uniportal) video assisted thoracic surgical resections – a clear advance. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.2012;144:S27–S31.

Additional publications on single-port thoracoscopy (Dr. Gonzalez Rivas)

1 / Single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic anatomic segmentectomy and right upper lobectomy.  Gonzalez-Rivas D, Fieira E, Mendez L, Garcia J. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2012 Aug 24

2 / Single-incision video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy: Initial results. Gonzalez-Rivas D, Paradela M, Fieira E, Velasco C.J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012;143(3):745-7

3 / Single-incision video-assisted thoracoscopic right pneumonectomy.  Gonzalez Rivas D, De la Torre M, Fernandez R, Garcia J. Surgical Endoscopy. Jan 11. 2012 (Epub ahead of print)

4 / Single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic left upper lobectomy.  Gonzalez-Rivas D, de la Torre M, Fernandez R, Mosquera VX. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2011 Nov;13(5):539-41

5 / Video-assisted thoracic surgery lobectomy: 3-year initial experience with 200 cases.  Gonzalez D, De la Torre M, Paradela M, Fernandez R, Delgado M, Garcia J,Fieira E, Mendez L. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2011 40(1):e21-8.

6 / Single-port Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Anatomical Resection: Initial Experience.  Diego Gonzalez , Ricardo Fernandez, Mercedes De La Torre, Maria Delgado, Marina Paradela, Lucia Mendez. Innovations.Vol 6.Number 3. May/jun 2011. Page 165.

About K Eckland

World of Thoracic Surgery is a blog about the work, research, and practices of thoracic surgeons around the world. It includes case studies, [sometimes] dry research, interviews with thoracic surgeons along with patient perspectives, and feedback.

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