Thoracoscopic rib resection and reconstruction of chest wall: Our clinical experience

Yuichiro Ueda, Tatsuo Nakagawa, Yasuaki Tomioka, Toshiya Toyazaki, Masashi Gotoh

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Chest wall resection is traditionally performed via open thoracotomy, a procedure that increases surgical morbidity and reduces postoperative quality of life. Conversely, thoracoscopic chest wall resection may minimize invasiveness but the optimal procedure remains uncertain. We previously reported rib resection using a pneumatic high-speed power drill during video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for selected lung cancer patients. In this report, we present two cases of chest wall tumor resected using the drill via the thoracoscopic approach. We also report thoracoscopic chest wall reconstruction in one patient using a patch sheet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-123
Number of pages3
JournalAsian journal of endoscopic surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • VATS
  • chest wall
  • rib resection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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