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Techniques and Technology in Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

On Thursday, November 19, 2009, at 7:00pm EST, join thoracic surgeons Dr. Daniel Miller and Dr. Scott Swanson for a live webcast, including a discussion of techniques used in complex Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (or VATS) cases for lung cancer.  The webcast will address the particular challenges of re-operative pulmonary surgery, identification and treatment of complications during VATS resection, new technology used to facilitate operative dissection, and segmental resection.

•    To understand the utility and technique for VATS pulmonary resection after prior thoracotomy
•    To identify and treat complications during VATS pulmonary resection and ultimately to identify ways to avoid problems
•    To gain facility and knowledge about new technologies and strategies for lymph node dissection and other challenging vascular dissection during pulmonary surgery
•    To understand and gain comfort with VATS pulmonary segmental resection


Daniel L. Miller, MD, FACS
Chief of General Thoracic Surgery
Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA
Kamal A. Mansour Professor of Thoracic Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Scott James Swanson, MD, FACS
Director, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Chief Surgical Officer
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center
Boston, MA

Viewers may send their questions to the surgeons at any time leading up to, and during the live webcast by clicking the Ask a Question button on your webcast screen.

This procedure may include demonstration of the safe and effective use of surgical devices such as the ENDOPATH® Echelon™ stapler, Harmonic® technology, and EnSeal® technology; it is not intended to be used as a surgical training guide. Other surgeons may employ different techniques. Individual surgeon preference and experience, as well as patient needs, should always dictate variation in procedure steps. Before using any medical device, including those demonstrated or referenced in this presentation, review all relevant package inserts, with particular attention to the indications, contraindications, warnings and precautions, and steps for use of the device.

This program is presented by Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

DSL #09-1109.2 ©2009



Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller, MD

Chief of General Thoracic Surgery

Scott Swanson, MD

Scott Swanson, MD, FACS

Director, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery