Course 8: VATS Lobectomy

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


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.