Thoracoscopic diaphragm plication.

Kocher, Gregor; Al-Hurani, Mohammad; Dorn, Patrick; Lutz, Jon (2020). Thoracoscopic diaphragm plication. Multimedia Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2020 Oxford University Press 10.1510/mmcts.2020.054

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Diaphragmatic paralysis with subsequent eventration and respiratory compromise has a huge impact on the quality of life of affected patients. Many different surgical approaches for correcting this problem have been described in the past, using both transabdominal and transthoracic pathways. Either way, since the procedure in general requires suturing of the diaphragm, minimally invasive techniques have only been adopted very slowly and most thoracic surgeons nowadays still use a minithoracotomy, even when adopting a video-assisted approach.  We have developed a safe and simple completely thoracoscopic technique for diaphragmatic plication, and in this video tutorial we demonstrate our technique.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Thoracic Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Forschungsbereich Mu50 > Forschungsgruppe Thoraxchirurgie

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Kocher, Gregor, Al-Hurani, Mohammad, Dorn, Patrick, Lutz, Jon Andri


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Oxford University Press




Thomas Michael Marti

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12 Jan 2021 14:41

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05 Dec 2022 15:43

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Diaphragm plication Minimally invasive procedure VATS


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