Video-assisted thoracoscopic bilobectomy in Clinical Center Tuzla

Video-assisted thoracoscopic bilobectomy in Clinical Center Tuzla

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After months-long pause due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Department for Surgery of the Lung, Clinic for Surgery, the University Clinical Center Tuzla continues to achieve the desired results in surgical health care delivery. The surgical team led by Dr. Nermin Mušanović has performed one of the most challenging resection surgery on the lung, the so- called uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic right bilobectomy.

Dr Mušanović explained that the procedure was performed through a small incision of 4 to 5 cm, where two of the three lobes of the right lung were removed due to a tumor that had been previously treated with chemotherapy. This surgical procedure is rarely performed, except in cases when strictly indicated. The postoperative course is uneventful, and the patient is in stable health condition.

Dr Mušanović on the occasion highlighted the good level of cooperation within the surgical team consisting of Ass. Prof. Nusret Ramić, Dr. Amar Kešetović, anesthesiologist Dr. Šuhreta Alić, scrub nurses and technicians, anestheticians and nurses from the Department for Surgery of the Lung. He also announced that they will continue to refine innovative approaches in a minimally invasive and open- chest surgeries.

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat problems in the chest. During a VATS procedure, a tiny camera (thoracoscope) and surgical instruments are inserted into the chest through one or more small incisions in the chest wall. The thoracoscope transmits images of the inside of the chest onto a video monitor, guiding the surgeon in performing the procedure. The procedure has multiple advantages over traditional open approach including earlier recovery of patients.

A minimally invasive surgery has been performed in the University Clinical Center Tuzla for several years. In 2016 the Clinic for Surgery implemented a VATS- video assisted thoracosopy approach for lung resection.