Pulmonary resection in a prone position for lung cancer invading the spine

Shunsaku Miyauchi, Junichi Sou, Kazuhiko Shien, Masato Tanaka, Hiromasa Yamamoto, Toshifumi Ozaki, Shinichi Toyooka

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The prone position is usually not selected for pulmonary resection. The intraoperative body position is an important issue in surgery for non-small cell lung cancer invading the spine because the standard intraoperative body position for a vertebrectomy is a prone position, while that for a pulmonary resection is a lateral decubitus position. Intraoperative changes in body position can cause several complications. Using an O-arm with a navigation system, a partial vertebrectomy was completed with the patient in a prone position thanks to the recognition of accurate surgical margins in the vertebral body; then, without changing the patient’s body position, a lobectomy with systemic lymph node dissection was performed via a posterior approach. Especially for procedures requiring a wide resection of the chest wall, a prone position can be selected for a lobectomy with systemic lymph node dissection via a posterior approach without any significant difficulties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-301
Number of pages4
JournalGeneral Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Lung cancer invading the spine
  • Posterior approach
  • Prone position

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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