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Nathanaël BAYARD

Hôpital Charles Nicolle
Rouen, France
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Robot-assisted thoracoscopic right superior lobectomy with conversion for controlled bleeding: a complex case
As the technique and the indications of robotic video-assisted lung resections have evolved, surgeons have had to face numerous pitfalls. One in particular is the vascular tear, which urge the operator to convert to thoracotomy. The decision as to when and how to convert to thoracotomy is always difficult to make. This video illustrates a complex case of robotic right upper lobectomy which required thoracotomy for controlled bleeding.
This is the case of a 47-year-old woman with a past medical history of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, active smoking, alcoholic liver cirrhosis, but no history of tuberculosis. She presented with a 3-month history of a right upper lobar mass detected on chest X-ray which evolved despite antibiotic treatment. Work-up including a PET-scan evoked a suspicion of malignancy.

While finishing the lobectomy, we had to face a difficult dissection of the posterior part of the oblique fissure with a tricky control of the dorsal artery. Trying to open the fissure with the endostapler, we tore the arterial branch and applied an immediate control by means of a double Cadiere grasper. When bleeding was finally controlled, we decided to convert for safety reasons. We proceeded without undocking the last robotic arm, clamping the artery until control was achieved using thoracotomy instruments. It allowed us to manage this situation with no rush and stress.
There are two types of bleeding: controlled and uncontrolled. In our experience of RATS lobectomy and by reviewing our complications, we feel that there are several advantages to this technique: first, small instruments make small injuries which can be controlled by robotic instrument. Secondly, passive locking of the robotic arm provides sufficient time for the surgical team to prepare conversion.
JM Baste, N Bayard, C Peillon
Surgical intervention
4 years ago
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Robot-assisted thoracoscopic right superior lobectomy with conversion for controlled bleeding: a complex case
As the technique and the indications of robotic video-assisted lung resections have evolved, surgeons have had to face numerous pitfalls. One in particular is the vascular tear, which urge the operator to convert to thoracotomy. The decision as to when and how to convert to thoracotomy is always difficult to make. This video illustrates a complex case of robotic right upper lobectomy which required thoracotomy for controlled bleeding.
This is the case of a 47-year-old woman with a past medical history of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, active smoking, alcoholic liver cirrhosis, but no history of tuberculosis. She presented with a 3-month history of a right upper lobar mass detected on chest X-ray which evolved despite antibiotic treatment. Work-up including a PET-scan evoked a suspicion of malignancy.

While finishing the lobectomy, we had to face a difficult dissection of the posterior part of the oblique fissure with a tricky control of the dorsal artery. Trying to open the fissure with the endostapler, we tore the arterial branch and applied an immediate control by means of a double Cadiere grasper. When bleeding was finally controlled, we decided to convert for safety reasons. We proceeded without undocking the last robotic arm, clamping the artery until control was achieved using thoracotomy instruments. It allowed us to manage this situation with no rush and stress.
There are two types of bleeding: controlled and uncontrolled. In our experience of RATS lobectomy and by reviewing our complications, we feel that there are several advantages to this technique: first, small instruments make small injuries which can be controlled by robotic instrument. Secondly, passive locking of the robotic arm provides sufficient time for the surgical team to prepare conversion.
Safety in complex VATS lobectomy: how to secure your procedure
Objective
As surgical teams performing video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy procedures improve in technicality, surgeons have to face more complex cases which could not be handled without an open thoracotomy before. Consequently, unexpected events occur and safety measures must be implemented in order to prevent whatever could be prevented. Clinical videos have become a very powerful tool that allow surgeons from the world over to share their experience on the matter.

Methods
In this video, routine safety procedures used in our center are illustrated. The case presented is that of a 52-year-old woman with a clinical stage IIIA (T3N1M0) mass at the left upper lobe. CT-scan showed a close relationship between the tumor and the first upper lobar branch. In many centers, this would often contraindicate a minimally invasive approach.

Results
A preoperative assessment is crucial in order to anticipate the anatomy of the area. CT-scan reconstruction is of great importance whenever the surgeon requires it. The procedure is begun with an extended safety checklist including the availability of conversion instruments and a second suction line as major ‘’go/no go’’ factors. The anterior approach of the hilum allows for a control of both arterial and venous structures using vessel loops.

Conclusions
Our technique allows to routinely perform safe and reproducible complex cases of VATS lobectomy.
JM Baste, N Bayard, R Levy, C Peillon
Surgical intervention
4 years ago
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Safety in complex VATS lobectomy: how to secure your procedure
Objective
As surgical teams performing video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy procedures improve in technicality, surgeons have to face more complex cases which could not be handled without an open thoracotomy before. Consequently, unexpected events occur and safety measures must be implemented in order to prevent whatever could be prevented. Clinical videos have become a very powerful tool that allow surgeons from the world over to share their experience on the matter.

Methods
In this video, routine safety procedures used in our center are illustrated. The case presented is that of a 52-year-old woman with a clinical stage IIIA (T3N1M0) mass at the left upper lobe. CT-scan showed a close relationship between the tumor and the first upper lobar branch. In many centers, this would often contraindicate a minimally invasive approach.

Results
A preoperative assessment is crucial in order to anticipate the anatomy of the area. CT-scan reconstruction is of great importance whenever the surgeon requires it. The procedure is begun with an extended safety checklist including the availability of conversion instruments and a second suction line as major ‘’go/no go’’ factors. The anterior approach of the hilum allows for a control of both arterial and venous structures using vessel loops.

Conclusions
Our technique allows to routinely perform safe and reproducible complex cases of VATS lobectomy.