Single-port video-assisted thoracic surgery for secondary spontaneous pneumothorax: Preliminary results

Min Seok Kim, Hee Chul Yang, Mi Kyung Bae, Sukki Cho, Kwhanmien Kim, Sanghoon Jheon

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Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of single-port video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) in the treatment of secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (SSP). Methods: Twenty-four patients who were scheduled to undergo single-port VATS for SSP were studied. The medical records of the patients were retrospectively reviewed. The mean follow-up duration was 26.1±19.8 months. In order to evaluate the feasibility of single- port VATS for SSP, the postoperative results of single-port VATS (n=15) in patients with emphysema were compared with those of emphysematous patients who underwent three-port VATS (n=15) during the study period. Results: Single-port VATS was feasible in 19 of 24 patients (79.2%), while an additional port was needed in five patients. In the single-port VATS patients, the median operation time, duration of chest tube drainage, and hospital stay were 84.0 minutes, one day, and two days, respectively. Postoperative complications included prolonged chest tube drainage for more than five days (n=1), wound infection (n=1), and vocal fold palsy (n=1). No recurrence of pneumothorax was observed during the follow-up period. The median operation time, duration of chest tube drainage, and hospital stay of the emphysematous patients who underwent single-port VATS were shorter than those who underwent three-port VATS group (p<0.05 for all parameters). Conclusion: Single-port VATS proved to be a feasible procedure in the treatment of patients with secondary spontaneous pneumothorax.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-392
Number of pages6
JournalKorean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Lung wedge resections
  • Secondary spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)

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