SESSION TITLE: Cardiothoracic Surgery
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: Video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) has become the standard for lung surgery. Traditionally VATS requires use of general anesthesia and selective lung ventillation. In 2014, we published our experience with awake VATS performed under local anesthesia (AVATS) extending the benefit of VATS to patients unable to tolerate a general anesthetic. Many of the patients had FEV1 less than 1 and were not considered safe for general anesthesia. We have extended this technique to include more complex procedures with results that surpass traditional VATS.