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Chirurgia 2012 December;25(6):479-80

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Easy technique for specimen extraction during video assisted thoracoscopic surgery

Lv X. 1, Rusidanmu A. 1, Chen Z. 2

1 Department of Thoracic Surgery, First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang, University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China;
2 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Run Run Shaw Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China


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Video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been applied for early staged lung cancers in recent years. Though various specimen extraction techniques have been proposed by some authors, the effective, time saving and cost effective techniques are still rare. In this literature, we introduced a simple but effective extraction techniques for VATS procedures. From June 2010 to April 2011, we have already applied this technique for 106 patients who underwent VATS, including lobectomies, blebectomis, thymectomy and other mediastinal tumor resections. Our technique can be applied to any specimen sacs, thus it does not require any extra medical cost. stitching procedure of the gloves is easy and can be performed by the scrubbing nurse. It does not affect the operating time. Our specimen extraction technique is easy to learn, cost-effective, time-saving, and it can be used in more minimally invasive procedures.

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