ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
An antiquated contraindication for minimally invasive lung surgery: No place to staple the bronchus
Tuğba Coşgun1, Erkan Kaba1, Kemal Ayalp2, Alper Toker2
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Demiroğlu Bilim University, Şişli Florence Nightingale Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Thoracic Surgery, Istanbul Florence Nightingale Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2019.17315
Background: This study aims to evaluate the feasibility and outcomes of lobectomy operations without using a stapler for bronchial closure.

Methods: Between December 2014 and August 2018, a total of 108 patients (72 males, 36 females; mean age 62.1±9.8 years; range, 19 to 83 years) with primary lung cancer who underwent lobar resection with robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery were included in this study. Primary bronchial closure (n=7) and sleeve anastomosis (n=9) were performed in some cases. These 16 patients were compared with other lobectomy cases (n=92) who had bronchial stapling for bronchial closure.

Results: There was no statistically significant difference in the mean duration of operation, amount of intraoperative bleeding, length of postoperative stay in the hospital, and morbidity and readmission rates between the two groups (p=0.3, p=0.5, p=0.06, p=0.4, and p=0.63, respectively). No bronchial fistula developed in any of the patients.

Conclusion: Primary bronchial closure and sleeve anastomosis can be safely performed with robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery without conversion to thoracotomy, or a larger assistance incision with a similar success rate of the stapled bronchus.

Keywords : Primary bronchial closure, robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, sleeve anastomosis
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