Robot-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy for severe incomplete interlober fissure

J Surg Case Rep. 2021 Aug 14;2021(8):rjab336. doi: 10.1093/jscr/rjab336. eCollection 2021 Aug.


An incomplete interlobar fissure makes thoracoscopic lobectomy difficult and is predictive of morbidity after thoracoscopic lobectomy. This report demonstrates the robot-assisted thoracoscopic (RATS) lobectomy technique for patients with severe incomplete interlobar fissures. A fissureless approach was chosen for pulmonary resection. Near-infrared fluorescence imaging with intravenous indocyanine green (ICG) was used to detect the interlobar line after transection of the bronchus, pulmonary artery and vein. Interlobar fissure was identified and divided by robotic staplers. This combined technique using ICG and fissureless lobectomy made RATS lobectomy safe for patients with severe incomplete interlobar fissures.