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Revista Habanera de Ciencias Médicas

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COLLADO FALCON, Juan Carlos et al. Comparison of results of Conventional and Uniportal Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery in the National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology. Rev haban cienc méd [online]. 2021, vol.20, n.3, e3235.  Epub 16-Jun-2021. ISSN 1729-519X.


Single-port Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (Uniportal VATS) has currently become one of the most commonly used approaches for lung resections in many Thoracic Surgery Centers around the world. In Cuba, its introduction is quite recent and it is still in its initial phase.


To compare the results obtained by open thoracic surgery and Uniportal VATS in patients who underwent surgery in the National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology of Havana (INOR) from January 2016 to April 2017.

Material and Methods:

An observational descriptive longitudinal retrospective study was conducted in 60 patients who underwent Thoracic Surgery in the INOR during 2016 - April 2017.


A total of 24 patients were operated through Uniportal VATS and 36 underwent thoracotomy. The lesions predominantly affected the right side and lobectomy was the most performed surgical procedure. Stages IA and IB predominated. Most of the procedures were carried out in 3 hours or less, 8 cases were converted and 13 suffered from complications. The average postoperative length of stay in hospital for patients who underwent Uniportal VATS was reduced compared to those who underwent open thoracotomy. Conclusions: Uniportal VATS is characterized by being a safe procedure with few complications and great versatility. It improves postoperative recovery of patients and accelerates their return to daily life activities.

Palabras clave : Video-assisted thoracic surgery; thoracotomy approach; Uniportal; lung resection.

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