Video-assisted thoracic surgery has considerably improved the care of the thoracic surgical patient. Patients are able to leave the hospital sooner and experience less pain with equal oncologic outcomes when compared with open surgery. Nonintubated thoracic surgery has more recently been applied in the management of both benign and malignant pleural effusions. This article provides the general thoracic surgeon a detailed description on how to manage pleural effusions using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery in a nonintubated patient. Surgical techniques and pearls are also presented.
- Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
- Nonintubated thoracic surgery
- Pleural effusion
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine