A method to expose the posterior or superior mediastinum in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery

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Abstract

A method of exposing the posterior and superior mediastinum in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) will be introduced. In the study, all cases underwent two-port VATS as follows: two or three pieces of suture were stitched on the invagination between the visceral and parietal pleura of the posterior or superior mediastinum; the suture was drawn out of the operating port and fixed, so that the lung could be depressed and posterior or superior mediastinum could be exposed very well. This method was performed in 215 cases; there were no operative deaths and all cases recovered. This stitching method to expose the posterior or superior mediastinum can reduce the wound size and decrease the operation time. Additionally, it is simple, practicable and safe.

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