Chest wall resection and reconstruction: A true thoracoscopic approach

Travis O. Abicht, Alberto L. De Hoyos

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We set out to perform resection of a chest wall mass with subsequent reconstruction using a pure thoracoscopic approach. Using video-assisted thoracic surgery via a three-incision approach, we successfully removed an 8.5 × 3.5-cm specimen en bloc. We then reconstructed the chest wall with 2-mm polytetrafluoroethylene. A total thoracoscopic approach to chest wall resection and reconstruction represent an additional option in this area of thoracic surgery. This approach avoids some of the drawbacks of more invasive procedures. This report outlines a totally thoracoscopic approach that we feel represents a safe and viable option for patients requiring chest wall resection and reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-402
Number of pages4
JournalInnovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011


  • Chest wall resection
  • Thoracoscopic chest wall reconstruction
  • VATS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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