Course 3: Advanced Endoscopy for Thoracic Surgeons

Course Directors: Moishe Liberman, Montreal, Canada, and Douglas J. Minnich, Birmingham, AL

COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS   M. Liberman: Consultant/Advisory Board, Ethicon, Inc.; Other Research Support, Boston Scientific, Ethicon, Inc.; D. J. Minnich: Consultant/Advisory Board, Varian Medical Systems, Inc.; Other, Covidien, Honoraria for physician training

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) have attained firm places in the endoscopic diagnostic and staging armamentarium of mediastinal lymph nodes. Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB) is an interesting technology aimed at facilitating the endoscopic biopsy of peripheral lung lesions. Airway stenting and rigid bronchoscopy are important tools for the palliation of malignant disease and the treatment of benign disease in general thoracic surgical practice. In this course, leaders in the field will direct focused, hands-on stations where attendees can practice these techniques on models and simulators. Small group sessions will facilitate opportunities for close instructor/learner interaction.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss how EBUS and EUS are used in mediastinal staging
  • Explain the complementary roles of EBUS and EUS
  • Describe potential indications and limitations of ENB

Please watch the video below containing background information and lecture materials associated with this course.

Please note: No CME credit is associated with the viewing of web-based content. This presentation was created for The Society of Thoracic Surgeons STS University courses, and STS retains sole rights to these materials.