Right Upper Lobe Microlobectomy With the Double Double
This is a right upper lobe microlobectomy and the author uses the stapler to perform a double stapling twice, hence the “Double Double!”
The procedure shown in this video is the microlobectomy technique, which is fully described at www.microlobectomy.com (1).
The author did a lymphadenectomy, then dissected out the right upper lobe vein and the truncal branch of the pulmonary artery. He transected both of these vessels with a single Tan 45 stapler from the subxiphoid port.
The author then dissected out the posterior ascending artery and the right upper lobe bronchus, again dividing them both with a single stapler as they lined up very nicely with the stapler coming from the subxiphoid port.
The author also used the Surgiwand™ (Covidien, Dublin, Ireland) in this video. It is a hook diathermy and also a sucker in one, which means that one does not have to remove the hook from the surgical field when they want to do some suction.
- Dunning J, Elsaegh M, Nardini M, et al. Microlobectomy: a novel form of endoscopic lobectomy. Innovations (Phila). 2017;12(4):247-253.