Technique of thoracoscopic retrieval of the lung

F. Varoli, C. Vergani, G. Gozi, L. Saguatti, C. Rebuffat, G. C. Roviaro

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Extraction of a resected specimen after a thoracic minimally invasive operation presents different problems depending on the amount of parenchyma removed. After a major pulmonary resection (lobectomy or pneumonectomy), the size of the specimen always requires a minimal thoracotomy incision of at least 5-6 cm. In the case of neoplasms it is mandatory to adopt precautions in order to protect the wound edges from possible tumoral seeding during the extraction. The authors, based on their personal experience of 545 videothoracoscopic procedures, discuss the problems of retrieving the specimens after video-endoscopic resections and describe techniques and precautions which must be taken to extract the resected tissue safely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-149
Number of pages3
JournalMinimally Invasive Therapy and Allied Technologies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1996


  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Tumour seeding
  • Video-thoracoscopic lung resection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Surgery


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