About the book
Thoracic surgery was hit by the minimally invasive wave more than 25 years ago. Despite the early skepticism, the thoracoscopic approach to lung and pleural diseases have progressively increased over the years. A major drive was the pain related to the large thoracotomies. The cosmetic advantage was another important factor, in particular for operations in younger patients. There have been important changes during the last two decades. Instruments have improved, the number of ports have decreased and new technologies are now available. Robotic surgery is the next challenge of Thoracic surgeons.
This book aims to summarise the current approaches, from the anaesthetic management and physiotherapy to the routine surgical techniques. It will also provide an outlook of the future development of minimally invasive Thoracic Surgery.