Needlescopic operation for partial lung resection

Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 Feb;75(2):599-601. doi: 10.1016/s0003-4975(02)04167-x.


Needlescopic operation using instruments with a diameter of 2 mm has not been applied to partial lung resection because of the difficulty in grasping the lung firmly or the possibility of injuring the lung easily with 2-mm forceps. We have developed a technique using a mini-loop retractor and successfully performed partial lung resection in 35 patients with pneumothorax, small lung tumor, or interstitial pneumonia.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / surgery
  • Pneumonectomy / methods*
  • Thoracoscopy / methods*