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Thoracic surgery news

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Shortage of thoracic surgeons in Canada offers potential opportunities to new surgeons

  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 is interviewing candidates in Moncton, New Brunswick, there is currently only one thoracic surgeon for the entire province, after two other surgeons were … Continue reading

Developments in chest tube management

from the Journal of Thoracic Disease and Dr. Chin Hao Chen (one of our favorites here at thoracics.org), advances in chest tube management Continue reading

Thoracic surgery goes wireless

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

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Credentialing versus certification for minimally invasive thoracic surgery?

The STS Task force takes on credentiallng in minimally invasive surgery but shouldn’t they be looking at advanced specialty certification instead? Continue reading

Thoracic surgeon shortage in Australia

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. Continue reading

Another home run: Dr. Gonzalez Rivas does it again!

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! Continue reading

Dr. David Sugarbaker comes to Texas, and too much of a good thing!

Big reputations and legendary surgeons require big opportunities – and as everyone knows; every thing is bigger in Texas. Continue reading

Chung et. al. Optimal timing of thoracoscopic drainage and decortication for empyema

A new Korean study looks at the best time to perform surgical interventions on patients with empyema thoracis. Continue reading

Early ambulation after lung surgery: How early?

Dr. Khandhar of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia and early ambulation after lung surgery Continue reading

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 Continue reading

Courses / Classes and meetings on Uni-port thoracoscopic techniques with Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas

For thoracic surgeons interested in becoming more familiar with uniport surgery, this is your chance to learn from the pioneers of the technique. Continue reading

Surgical Removal of Lung Metastases in Breast Cancer

A discussion of Meimarakis’ recently published article, “Prolonged overall survival after pulmonary metastatectomy in patients with breast cancer.” Continue reading

Two years and counting

celebrating our two-year anniversary here at Cirugia de Torax Continue reading

Dual port VATS for recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax: Foroulis et. al

A newly published study comparing dual port thoracoscopy with mini-thoracotomy for the treatment of recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax Continue reading

Endo GIA staple recall

Covidien announces a product recall of surgical staples cartridges and cautions against use in thoracic surgery patients. Continue reading

Lung resection in high risk patients

a look at the results of Dr. Wolf’s recent study of high risk patients undergoing lung resections. Continue reading

Thoracic Surgeons and smoking cessation

The use of social media by health care professionals to connect with our patients has increased at a phenomenal rate in this age of enhanced technology, social networking and smartphones. Continue reading

Pulmonology throws down the gauntlet..

Evaluation and discussion of a new article by Davies et. al. (2011) which calls many of the current practices in thoracic surgery into question. Is this a legitimate assessment of evolving treatment strategies or another attempt for pulmonology to encroach on the thoracic surgery specialty? In this multi-part series, we will address the major points debated in this article. Continue reading

Lung Resection in the Elderly – the Harvard/ Keating experience

a new article published in Cancer, and summarized at Medscape talks about the importance of Lung Resection for long-term survival in Lung Cancer. Continue reading

New Regional Thoracic Surgery Center: Ontario, Canada

Creation of a new ‘regional thoracic surgery center’ in Hamilton, Ontario highlights some of the issues we’ve talked about here before: high volume centers, optimizing outcomes, decreasing wait times, and quality/ consistency of care. Continue reading

Latest research findings: Mesothelioma

new research results from the University of Pennsylvania on the treatment of pleural mesothelioma. Continue reading

Only TIME will tell: Esophagectomy

There is a new trial on the horizon that sounds promising; the Traditional Invasive versus Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (TIME). It’s a timely study indeed as the rates of esophageal cancer in western countries continues to increase, due to GERD and obesity. Continue reading

Lung cancer patients die awaiting surgery

the health care crisis hits home: prolonged waiting times for patients with lung cancer results in the deaths of several patients in Canada – and this scenario is projected to be repeated in the USA and Europe due to surgeon shortages and limited access to health care. Continue reading

Robotic Thoracic Surgery

today, we are looking at the research and case reports related to the use of the Divinci robot for robot-assisted thoracic surgery..
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