The right upper lobe pulmonary resection performed through the transcervical approach

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Objective: Preliminary report: presentation of the new technique of transcervical right upper lobectomy with transcervical extended mediastinal lymphadenectomy (TEMLA) for NSCLC. Methods: Two patients underwent the operation that was performed through the collar incision, with elevation of the sternal manubrium with the mechanical sternal retractor. TEMLA and bilateral mediastinal lymph node excision (stations 1, 2R, 4R, 2L, 4L, 3A, 3P, 7 and 8) and bilateral supraclavicular lymph node excision were performed (frozen section analysis: all nodes negative). The mediastinal pleura was opened and the following structures were dissected in the open fashion with standard surgical instruments and divided with the use of endostaplers: the azygos vein, the upper trunk of the right pulmonary artery, the branch of the superior pulmonary vein to the upper lobe, the upper lobe bronchus, the segment 2 artery, the posterior part of the oblique fissure and the horizontal fissure. The operation was performed with the use of one videothoracoscopic (VTS) port for insertion of 5 mm, 30 degree VTS camera for intraoperative control and for single thoracic drain for the postoperative period. Results: The operative times were 250 and 270 min, respectively; intraoperative blood loss was 110 and 100 ml, respectively. There were no intraoperative complications. The postoperative course was remarkably smooth. The final pathologic report: large cell carcinoma pT2N0M0 and squamous cell carcinoma pT2N0M0, no metastatic changes of 51 and 41 mediastinal and intrapulmonary (stations 10, 11 and 12) and supraclavicular nodes, respectively. Conclusions: This preliminary report indicates possible advantages of the transcervical right upper lobe pulmonary resection including: (1) extremely radical, minimal invasive procedure with no need for utility thoracotomy; (2) dissection performed with standard surgical instruments in the open fashion. © 2007 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.




Zieliński, M., Pankowski, J., Hauer, Ł., Kuzdzał, J., & Nabiałek, T. (2007). The right upper lobe pulmonary resection performed through the transcervical approach. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 32(5), 766–769.

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