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J Vis Surg. 2017 Nov 7;3:163. doi: 10.21037/jovs.2017.10.07. eCollection 2017.

Unisurgeon' uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy.

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Department of Thoracic Surgery and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Unit (UCTMI). Coruña University Hospital, Coruña, Spain.
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, Tongji University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200433, China.


The video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for major pulmonary resections has evolved in a period of only 7 years from 3-4 incisions to a single incision approach. However, Uniportal VATS approach is different from other forms of minimally invasive thoracic surgery, and the technique of lung exposure and stapler insertion through a single hole should be learned step by step. The main advances of uniportal VATS during the last years are related to improvements in surgical technique, evolving to a concept of "advanced VATS instrumentation", and implementation of new technology. One recent advance in uniportal VATS is the possibility of using a robotic or pneumatic articulated arm that holds the camera stable and no needs a surgical assistant. This is called "unisurgeon uniportal VATS" in where the surgeon has more freedom of movements and eliminates the fatigue of assistant holding the camera. We are still in the beginning of the "unisurgeon era" that probably will be more popular in the next coming years thanks to the Implementation of wireless cameras and graspers by means of magnetic control.


Unisurgeon; future of surgery; lobectomy; minimally invasive surgery; robotic arm; uniportal

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Conflicts of Interest: The author has no conflicts of interest to declare.

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