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In the case of lobectomies performed via thoracotomy as reported to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Database (STS-GTD), surgeon use of this procedure has increased by nearly 200 percent from 2002 through 2007.Despite this growth, nearly 70 percent of all lobectomies reported in 2007 to the STS-GTD were still performed via open thoracotomy.One of the challenges for widespread adoption of this technique is that (as reported in a 2010 article in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery) most practicing surgeons may not have been trained on this procedure.

Covidien provides numerous educational opportunities and materials for thoracic surgeons including in-person training sessions, CME training, procedural aids and online clinical video. Specifically, surgical training and refresher courses on the VATS lobectomy technique are conducted throughout the country. These sessions and courses focus on minimally invasive treatment and management of lung cancer patients. Topics also discussed include advances in minimally invasive treatment, staging and selection.

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Covidien VATS Lobectomy Training

Please contact your local Covidien representative for training opportunities in your area. For in-depth questions, please contact William Griffiths at

These in-depth courses provide hands-on training, observation and symposiums designed to instruct a surgeon in VATS lobectomy.

At you will find detailed information on the techniques of VATS Lobectomy.

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