An innovative operation to treat lung cancer will be broadcast live via the Internet on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 5:00 pm from University Hospital. John Howington, MD, director, division of Thoracic Surgery, will be demonstrating a Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) with lobectomy. This event will be moderated by Walter Merrill, MD, chief, section of cardiothoracic surgery.
Participants can ask questions online during the operation and can access the entire procedure through archives after the live event. The procedure being broadcast is performed on patients with small peripheral lung cancers, and is done with 2 to 3 small portals placed between the ribs and a three-inch access incision in the chest, without spreading the ribs. Because fewer and smaller incisions are made, the patient has a shorter recovery and is in less pain. This procedure may allow doctors to offer operation to patients with small lung cancers and very poor lung function, who in the past, were turned down for intervention. More information and preview video available now.