Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate the technical feasibility and safety of a hybrid surgical approach of video-assisted minithoracotomy (hybrid VATS) sleeve lobectomy for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), using success rate as the primary end point. Methods: Between February 1996 and December 2006, patients with bronchogenic tumors were prospectively registered to undergo hybrid VATS sleeve resection in a single institution. Hybrid VATS involved performing the main procedures via rib spreading and minithoracotomy using a monitor and direct vision. A successful procedure was defined as a patient who had a sleeve lobectomy via hybrid VATS without conversion to thoracotomy and without significant perioperative morbidity or mortality. Results: A total of 148 patients (108 men and 40 women; median age = 58 years) who underwent hybrid VATS sleeve lobectomy for NSCLC were identified in our database. The median duration of the successfully completed procedures was 190 min (range = 145-305 min). The median length of time of chest tube in place was 3 days (range = 1-12 days). Hybrid VATS sleeve lobectomy was performed successfully in 134 of 148 patients for a success rate of 90.5%. The median follow-up period was 65.1 months (range = 34.5-154.8 months). The overall 5-year disease-free survival and overall survival of all patients were 36.7% (95% CI = 27.9-45.5%) and 54.2% (95% CI = 44.8-63.6%), respectively. Conclusion: Hybrid VATS sleeve lobectomy is feasible for selected patients with NSCLC in specialized centers.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2011|