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Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) 



Anesthetic Considerations


  • Indication for procedure & patient comorbidities

  • Requirement for lung separation (not isolation) & associated considerations

  • Management of hypoxemia in the context of VATS

  • Postoperative pain management modality

  • Risk of conversion to thoracotomy





  • Provide excellent surgical conditions (e.g. optimal lung isolation)

  • Hypoxemia during one lung ventilation with VATS focused management

  • Avoid interventions to surgical lung (CPAP, two-lung ventilation)

  • Good postoperative analgesia: epidural, PCA, paravertebral block 


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