ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Videothoracoscopy: what has changed through the years?
Alper Toker
İstanbul Üniversitesi İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi Göğüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul
Videothoracoscopy which was introduced to chest surgery in the 1990s has expanded its place with growing number of operations and varying applications in different clinics. Today, videothoracoscopy procedures comprise 30% of total operations in chest surgery clinics practising modern chest surgery. Thanks to its advantages such as decreased postoperative hospital stay and morbidity, and a higher patient willingness to accept surgery, this technique has become popular with changing and developing indications. This review evaluated the evolvement of videothoracoscopy applications and its indications after 1990s.
Keywords : Lung neoplasms/surgery; pneumonectomy; thoracic surgery, video-assisted/methods; thoracotomy; thymectomy
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