The short but informative Global Connection conference today delivered on two fronts; big and small.. Big for the multidisciplinary surgeries like large locally invasive tumor resections that offer hope to patients that […]
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.
What does John Wayne have to do with it? Quite a lot, actually.
While much of our normal lives are still on hold in many places around the world, particularly in the Americas, it’s still important for us to maintain our connections to the world […]
Thoracics.org is here with registration information for two upcoming thoracic surgery conferences online.
Thoracics.org has received a request from a U.S. based law firm that specializes in Environmental Law (asbestos, toxic exposures, and other medical harm). They are offering free face masks for all of […]
It’s our ten year anniversary of thoracics.org! It’s an amazing milestone for us. Ten years of interviews, case reports and the latest research and developments in thoracic surgery.. Ten years of trying […]
This 2019 article from the Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology covers a very tiny group of patients undergoing HITHOC during an 8 1/2 year period has serious limitations (with a total of […]
Welcome to 2020! Update! 4/8/2020: Editor’s note: – 2020 is cancelled… well, maybe 2020 isn’t but it certainly feels like it with a large part of the world on lockdown as we […]
This fear of thoracotomies dwarfs the very real risks of prolonged illness and debility.
Potsdam, Germany Many of the modern masters of thoracic surgery were in Potsdam, Germany this June to discuss a myriad of topics in this year’s course until the heading of Troubleshooting. The […]
A look of HITHOC in two programs in Germany, Freiburg and Regensburg
Today’s recommended read is for all of the thoracic surgeons out there that are interested in establishing their own nonintubated uniportal programs. This is a interesting article if you’ve taken a masterclass on […]
It’s the conference of the season – in Potsdam, Germany. This conference which includes lectures by the leading experts along with live surgery demonstrations with dry and wet labs is designed to […]
We’ve come along way when discussing Mesothelioma and the use of hyperthermic intrathoracic chemotherapy (HITHOC) since this site was started back in 2010. In fact, for our first discussions about this technique, […]
Some of the videos are silly, cheesy even… But ugly track suits aside… The results are, in arguably, wonderful. Patients eating, drinking, walking, and relaxing just an hour after major lung surgery. […]
Monza, Italy Dr. Scarci has returned to his native Italy, and his first-born child, the International VATS Symposium has come with him. Now the chief of thoracic surgery at the 1,000 bed […]
Out of all of the topics covered here at Thoracics.org – one of the most popular topics among surgeons and surgical residents is minimally invasive surgery – uniportal, in particular. There is […]
Long time readers know that tuberculosis, and the surgical treatment of tuberculosis have been high on our interest list here at Thoracics.org. While surgery was once the mainstay of treatment for […]
The Best of VATS International 2017 Most helpful: Dr. Marco Scarci & Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas For less abstract, and more clinically relevant information, particularly for surgeons new to uniportal VATS, the […]
In a day crammed full of lectures from internationally recognized experts – as part of a series of articles, here are our picks Best Orator: Dr. Joel Dunning – for overall […]
Royal College of Physicians – London, UK Friday, October 20, 2017 While around 100 thoracic surgeons are gathered here this morning for the start of the 4th VATS International conference, there are […]
The fourth VATS International Symposium is this October 20th – 21st, 2017. As readers know, this course has been highly recommended in the past by Thoracics.org. The preliminary program has been released, […]
Dr. Marcello Migliore reports on the highlights from the recent Mediterranean Symposium on Thoracic Oncology
New Brunswick, one of Canada’s eastern maritime provinces is struggling to maintain their thoracic surgery service line within the small province of an estimated 800, 000 inhabitants. While a local hospital […]
It’s not too late to register for the upcoming Thoracic Oncology Symposium in Catania, Italy. The symposium is being held April 6th and 7th and is sponsored by the University of Catania and […]
The first ever Thoracics.org Award to recognize innovation and achievement in thoracic surgery is now accepting submissions.
Ever had a clip slip in surgery? New vascular clips to help prevent massive hemorrhage and loss of vascular control from clip slippage.
In this post, we present a new video byTurkish thoracic surgeon, Dr.Cagatav Tezel on VATS decortication for tuberculosis.
If you can only attend one thoracic surgery conference, shortlist VATS International.
Dr. Eric Lim challenges thoracic surgeons to remain relevant with a call to action at the 3rd VATS International conference in London, England
Talking to Dr. Benny Weksler about Minimally invasive esophagectomies, robotic surgery, lung cancer screening and life in the mid-south.
Why you should have attended VATS Peru 2016 There were plenty of reasons for surgeons from all over Latin America to converge on Cuscu, Peru for the 2nd annual VATS PERU Uniportal […]
Cusco, Peru One of the guest lecturers at the 2nd VATS Peru Uniportal Master course is Dr. William Guido Gerrero from Costa Rica. Dr. Guido talked about the challenges of implementing a […]
Cusco, Peru Day One of the VATS Peru 2016 Conference was a primer for surgeons interested in learned and performing uniportal VATS. Dr. Gonzalez Rivas’ lectures formed the basis of theory and […]
While working on a recent interview with one of the New Masters of Thoracic Surgery, I talked about one of his biggest contributions to his local community, which was establishing the first […]
VATS Peru 2016 – learn uniportal and subxiphoid techniques in the wet lab, at the hands of the inventors of these techniques at this year’s conference in Cusco, Peru.
An invited report from Dr. Marcello Migliore on the recent Italian conference on VATS and lung cancer
Details about the upcoming Robotic thoracic surgery course at NYU this June.
Join Dr. Marcello Migliore (Italy) and Dr. Tom Treasure (UK) this April for the 3rd Mediterranean Symposium in Thoracic Surgical Oncology in Catania, Italy. The 3rd Mediterranean symposium is on VATS resections […]
Thoracics.org follows up with Dr. Marcello Migliore from the University of Catania, on his work in the area of HITHOC and malignant pleural mesothelioma
Is there hope? Thoracics.org discusses hope and mesothelioma along with the most recently published work in the area of cytoreductive surgery and intrathoracic chemotherapy (HITHOC).
Learn Uniportal VATS from the masters – with a hands-on wet lab..
Dr. Giuseppe Aresu of the University Hospital of Udine, Italy presents a case of thymectomy by subxyphoid approach
Dr. Ming-Hui Hung & Dr. Jin-Shing Chen at National Taiwan University Hospital talk about their work in nonintubated and awake thoracic surgery.
the second annual Cambridge VATS : uniportal VATS, nonintubated thoracic surgery and the masters
Single port thoracoscopic surgery and awake anesthesia: the micro-invasive thoracic surgery? The current research and use of these state of the art techniques to bring minimally invasive surgery to complex surgery and high risk patients.
Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas discusses intubated and nonintubated uniportal thoracic surgery for complex thoracic procedures
Highlights from Day One of the Duke Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery conference in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas headlines the ALAT sponsored event this September.
from the Journal of Thoracic Disease and Dr. Chin Hao Chen (one of our favorites here at thoracics.org), advances in chest tube management
Dr. Chin Hao “Roy” Chen – inventor of the Chen esophagectomy, now presents his latest creation, the wireless thoracoscope. More about our recent article at Examiner.com
The STS Task force takes on credentiallng in minimally invasive surgery but shouldn’t they be looking at advanced specialty certification instead?
Interested surgeons, don’t worry – there’s still plenty of time of register for the upcoming Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery course offered by the Duke Center for Surgery Innovation. The course will be […]
Dr. Henrik Hansen on how to streamline your surgery, and Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas at the Live surgery sessions of the Minimally invasive surgery conference in Naples, Italy.
VATS group and the Italian VATS Registry..
Naples, Italy No sign yet of the elusive Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas and Dr. Henrik Hansen, but they are both scheduled to speak (and operate) on the second day of the conference. […]
Minimally invasive surgery course in Naples at Hospital Monaldi (April 23 – 24th, 2015) Munich airport, Germany I am on the last leg of a long journey to the beautiful southern Italian […]
Thoracics.org talks to the Brazilian Society of Thoracic Surgery and result isn’t what you might expect.
aka, “Why we should be nice to plastic surgeons”. This case study highlights the need for close interdisciplinary partnerships among surgeons and also asks the question, “Are we addressing the emotional and psychosocial needs of our patients and their families?”
As Dr. Gonzalez Rivas demonstrates, minimally invasive surgery isn’t just for “easy” cases. Case study with brief discussion and literature review
An Ordinary Afternoon at Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital The Uniportal VATS course continues for much of the rest of the week (March 9 – 20th). After Dr. Gonzalez completed his second case today, […]
Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital – Shanghai, China Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital is a dream come true for a thoracic surgery aficionado like myself. Twelve operating rooms, a 30 ICU beds, 30 to 40 operations […]
on location with Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas as he embarks on his latest project: teaching uniportal VATS to surgeons in China
As the Florida legislature and medical community considers the impending physician shortage, many of the critical concerns regarding the on-going shortage of surgeons remain unaddressed
the latest trailer about the documentary film on single port surgery and information about an upcoming training course.
Cirugia de torax invites readers for an open discussion on the latest STS guidelines on multimodality treatment of esophageal cancer.
Uniportal surgery in Shanghai
information about the upcoming VATS symposium in Cambridge, UK – with featured speakers Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas and Ian Hunt.
Come to Boston this November and meet some of the Living legends and masters of thoracic surgery.
Bedside management of the complications in critically ill thoracic surgery patients: A different perspective
Updates in multi-disciplinary care from the Foundation for the Advancement of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the 2014 Cardiovascular- Thoracic Critical Care conference in Washington D.C
I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to all of my lovely readers like Jay, Tim, Dann Furia and all the other people who tale the time to share their experiences at […]
a new film showing the life-changing efforts of one thoracic surgeon.. It’s about time!
upcoming minimally invasive thoracoscopy course for my Spanish speaking readers at the Clinica Alemana in Santiago, Chile
Dr. Ahmet F. Işık talks about pleural mesothelioma, HITHOC, and thoracic surgery in Gaziantep, Turkey
updates on the on-going HITHOC project, war surgery, foreign body obstructions and bronchoscopy for infants
Talking with Dr. Mustafa Yuksel of Marmara University Hospital (Faculty of Medicine) about chest wall repairs, pectus defomities, the Yuksel bars and the future of 3D printing.
Talking about the roles of traditional VATS, single port surgery and robots in modern thoracic surgery.
Highlights from the first day of the ALAT conference in Medellin, Colombia: the size matters debate and personalizing chemotherapy for advanced cancers
Cirugia de Torax criss-crosses the globe to bring you news about the latest and greatest in thoracic surgery
When you need surgery, How long will you wait? (and will there be anyone to perform the operation?) The on-going surgeon shortage now affecting South Australia.
an upcoming conference on thoracic oncology in New York, New York
the “rapper whose lungs collapse” raps about his life with bleb disease
the Babe Ruth of thoracic surgery continues his winning streak; and Dr. Benny Weksler heads south to the University of Tennessee. Kudos to both of these fine surgeons!
Is the Sweet esophagectomy still relevant in this era?
information about the 2014 Latin American Association of Thoracic Surgery conference
Big reputations and legendary surgeons require big opportunities – and as everyone knows; every thing is bigger in Texas.
the latest from Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas and the masters of thoracic surgery.
Discussing the classification and treatment of lung cancer according to the latest revisions (7th edition).
Dr. Joseph Skoda, Nihilist, Skeptic, Dermatologist.
a report from Dr. Chin Hao Chen and his colleagues at Mackay Memorial Hospital on 21 cases of diaphragmatic plication via single and dual port thoracoscopy.
Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas receives recognition from the global network of cardiothoracic surgeons, CTSnet.
How to prepare a proper specimen for pleural fluid cytology & cytopathological analysis.
A new Korean study looks at the best time to perform surgical interventions on patients with empyema thoracis.
Dr. Khandhar of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia and early ambulation after lung surgery
Report from the recent 16th National Forum on Thoracic Surgery in Shanghai, China.
Dr. Chin Hao Chen revisits one of the basic procedures in thoracic surgery: Chest tube placement
in the operating room with Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas for single port thoracoscopic (uniportal) surgery.
the 2013 S.W.A.T conference, presented by Johnson & Johnson. Featured presenters Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas and Dr. Paula Ugalde discuss single port thoracoscopy and topics in minimally invasive surgery
writing about Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas and the other living legends in thoracic surgery and connecting people to the world of thoracic surgery
a return to one of our most popular topics here at Cirugia de Torax.
Medscape interviews Dr. Schiller regarding the stigma of lung cancer, as a ‘deserved disease.”
Dr. Gaetano Rocco talks about persistent air leaks and the development of a remote-controlled computer assisted suction device.
this 2012 article by Hannon & Yendamuri explains the newest methods and modalities of treating nonsmall cell lung cancer (NCLC) as well as the importance of accurate staging for diagnosis and evidence-based treatment.
Rocco et al. “Ten year experience on 644 patients undergoing single-port (uniportal) video-assisted surgery
Reviewing “Ten years experience on 644 patients undergoing single-port (uniportal) video-assisted” by Gaetano Rocco et al. at the National Cancer Institute in Naples, Italy
Looks like readers and cirugia de torax will be staying home, It’s a Johnson and Johnson invitation only event.
What kind of pain should patients expect after thoracic surgery, and how long will it last? Also, is this normal? When should I call my doctor?
For thoracic surgeons interested in becoming more familiar with uniport surgery, this is your chance to learn from the pioneers of the technique.
Dr. Chin-Hao Chen demonstrates ‘ultrafast open tracheostomy.’
The actual title of the article by Ahmet Feridun Isik and his colleagues at Ganziantep University Medical School in Sejitkamil – Ganziantep, Turkey is “Intrapleural hyperthermic perfusion chemotherapy in subjects with metastatic […]
a sneak peak at a game-changer in thoracic surgery – unilateral single-port surgery for bilateral disease
Discussing Dr. Joseph Coselli and ‘the cowboys of cardiac surgery’ along with some of our own heros of thoracic surgery here at Cirugia de Torax.
a record number of surgeons fail to pass the American thoracic surgery certification exam, in the midst of a deepening shortage of surgeons.
Awake epidural anesthesia for thoracoscopic pleurodesis: A prospective cohort study. a new publication from Dr. Mauricio Velasquez and his surgical team reviewing results from their 36 month study
A discussion of Meimarakis’ recently published article, “Prolonged overall survival after pulmonary metastatectomy in patients with breast cancer.”
celebrating our two-year anniversary here at Cirugia de Torax
a clinical case report from Bogota, Colombia – and the work of Dr. Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD, Director, UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center on treating ventricular arrhythmias with cardiac sympathetic denervation, including an upcoming clinical trial.
TedTalks sits up and takes notice of one of the New Masters and Superstars of modern thoracic surgery, Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas.
the latest video from Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas demonstrating a sleeve lobectomy via single port surgery
postcard from one of our readers from the 1st Asian Single Port Symposium & Live Surgery
Evolving thoracic surgery: from open surgery to single port thoracoscopic surgery and future robotic
the future of thoracic surgery as seen by one of the New Masters, Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas.
the latest predictions on the impending shortage of surgeons in the United States
Case report with video of SITS (single incision thoracoscopic surgery) repair of diaphragm defect in a case of hepatic hydrothorax resulting from liver cirrhosis with Dr. Chih-Hao Chen, MAckay Memorial Hospital, Taiwan
Interested in learning more about single port thoracoscopy, or talking to the inventors of this technique? This March – head to the 1st Asian single port surgery conference in Hong Kong.
what is the future of thoracic surgery education? A new American study asks the if it is time to separate the specialties of cardiac and thoracic surgery.
Asociacion Colombiana de Neumologia y Cirugia de Torax – April 18th – 21st, 2013 in Medellin, Colombia. Asociacion Panamena de Neumologia y Cirugia de Torax – conference information not yet published Sociedad Espanola […]
a day in the operating room with one of Colombia’s New Masters of Thoracic Surgery
an Interview with Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas – and coverage of ‘Videotoracoscopia y cirugia robotica en torax: Avances y perspectivas’ in Santiago, Chile
Dr. Chen discusses single port thoracoscopy – and specimen size.
Dr. Chih-Hao Chen at Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taiwan talks about his experiences with single port/ single incision thoracic surgery (SITS) as well as the “Chen esophagectomy”; a new single port approach to esophagectomies.
Robotic (thoracic) surgery comes to Clinica de Marly in Bogota, Colombia
One of the world’s experts on sympathectomy and the treatment of hyperhidrosis reviews the evidence at the XVI Congreso Boliviano Sociedad de Cirugia Cardiaca, Toracica y Vascular 2012.
a different kind of case here at Cirugia de Torax
Notes from the day’s lectures at the XVI Congreso Boliviana de Cirugia Cardiaca, Toracica u Vascular in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
The Surgical Apgar Score One of the most important parts and, in fact, one of the principles of associated projects and publications, is the operating room visit. This is the part that […]
talking about the incidence of carotid body tumors at altitude with the world’s experts
Dr. Fernando Bello, the president of the Bolivian Society of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular surgery along with Dr. Alvaro Balcazar Ortiz, president of the Latin American Association of Vascular Surgery and Angiography […]
Cirugia de torax prepares to head to Chile for the latest in Robotics and Minimally-invasive surgery
Talking with Dr. Mark Dylewski, one of the new masters of thoracic surgery in the area of robotic surgery
The innovative and dynamic ‘New Masters’ of thoracic surgery
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Highlights from the recent conference on Advances in Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma
Chest wall resection with pulmonary segmentectomy for metastatic breast cancer.
the XXIX Congreso Latinoamericano de cirugia vascular y angiologia in Santa Cruz, Bolivia this October.
In Jupiter, Florida talking about robots, lung cancer screening and solitary pulmonary nodules with Dr. K. Adam Lee, thoracic surgeon
A newly published study comparing dual port thoracoscopy with mini-thoracotomy for the treatment of recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax
case report on dual port thoracoscopy
Discovery of extensive pleural plaques during VATS
References and resources for case report writing
Despite the initial success of our first mobile applications, the applications have developed a series of bugs and other issues. Since we are currently developing additional applications for use in our research […]
case report of dual port thoracoscopy for decortication of empyema in a thirty-eight year old woman.
Block, Tuffier, Blalock & Gonzalez? Returning to single incision thoracoscopic surgery with Dr. Diego Gonzalez – Rivas
Checking in with Dr. Diego Gonzalez – Rivas and his team in Coruna, Spain – the innovators in single incision thoracic surgery, as Dr. Gonzalez publishes a new report on single incision pneumonectomy.