Course 8: VATS Lobectomy

Course Directors: Shanda H. Blackmon, Rochester, MN, and Shari L. Meyerson, Chicago, IL

COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS   None

This course will review the indications, patient selection, technical steps, and recent advances for performance of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS) lobectomy. Th¬is session is dedicated to hands-on training utilizing porcine heart-lung blocks for course participants to perform a VATS left upper lobectomy. Stations include multiple instrument and energy device options.

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

  • Describe the indications and steps to perform a VATS lobectomy
  • Discuss potential pitfalls and strategies for intraoperative troubleshooting to successfully achieve minimally invasive lobectomy
  • Identify instruments and other technologies available for performance of minimally invasive lobectomy


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.

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