The advantages of VATS: a systematic review

Redcly, R. V.
March 2005
Thorax;Mar2005, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p238
Academic Journal
The article reports that the authors carried out a systematic review of 12 randomized clinical trials to determine if video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is associated with better clinical outcomes than thoracotomy for three common thoracic procedures: surgery for pneumothorax, minor resections, and lobectomy. Six trials compared VATS with conventional methods for the management of pneumothorax in 327 patients. Four of the trials reported VATS compared with thoracotomy, all with a reduced need for pain medication, and three of these also reported significantly shorter hospital stays. In the other two studies treatment of pneumothorax with VATS was found to be superior to pleural drainage. Three randomized studies compared VATS with conventional thoracotomy for minor resections.


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