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Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery

An Evidence-Based Approach

Ferguson, Mark K (Ed.)

3rd ed. 2014, XXI, 787 p. 18 illus., 10 illus. in color.

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  • All  new chapters
  • The use of standard format for posing questions in each chapter permits the reader to rapidly identify the issue at hand
  • A PICO formatting was used, to help the reader to easily identify useful clinical guidelines

The third edition of Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach, devotes itself to looking at questions and decisions in general thoracic surgery that are difficult or controversial. Focused topics are explored, and readers will find pithy analyses and recommendations which are carefully given in accordance with the level of supporting evidence available.


Written by recognized experts in the field, Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach 3rd edition is a timely reference source for practicing surgeons, surgeons in training, and educators that describes the recommended ideal approach, rather than customary care, in selected clinical situations. 

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Related subjects » Surgery

Table of contents 

1. Introduction.- Part 1. Evaluations and Decisions.- 2. Evidence based medicine: quality of evidence and evaluation systems.- 3. Decision analytic techniques and other decision processes.- 4. Decision making: the surgeon's perspective.- 5. Decision making: the patient's perspective.- Part 2. Lung.- 6. Indications for pretreatment pathologic mediastinal staging in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).- 7. Preoperative Smoking Cessation for Lung Resection Patients.- 8. High tech exercise testing in assessing candidates for lung resection.- 9. Management of perioperative anticoagulation during lung resection.- 10. Perioperative arrhythmia prophylaxis for major lung resection.- 11. VATS vs open lobectomy for stage I or II NSCLC.- 12. Robotic-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (RATS) versus video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy for Stage I or II non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).- 13. Lobectomy after induction therapy for non-small cell lung cancer  in the presence of persistent N2 disease.- 14. Pneumonectomy after induction therapy for non-small cell lung cancer .- 15. Resection vs SBRT for stage I NSCLC in patients with good pulmonary function.- 16. Digital drainage systems after major lung resection.- 17. Management of Persistent Post-operative Alveolar Air Leak.- 18. Surveillance after resection of stage I non small cell lung cancer.- 19. Support therapy for lung failure: The utility of device therapy.- 20. Extracorporeal support for lung grafts prior to transplantation.- 21. Pulmonary Metastasectomy.- Part 3. Esophagus.- 22. Optimal therapy for Barrett High Grade Dysplasia.- 23. Preoperative chemo versus chemoradiotherapy for regionally advanced esophageal adenocarcinoma.- 24. The role of surgery in the management of regionally advanced esophageal squamous cell cancer.- 25. Optimal surgical approach to esophagectomy for distal esophageal adenocarcinoma.- 26. Regional extent of lymphadenectomy for esophageal cancer.- 27. Optimal number of lymph nodes to resect for esophageal cancer.- 28. Salvage esophagectomy for persistent disease after definitive chemoradiotherapy.- 29. Gastric emptying procedure after esophagectomy.- 30. Postoperative adjuvant therapy after resection of regionally advanced esophageal cancer.- 31. Prophylactic antireflux surgery in lung transplantation.- 32. Surgical versus Endoscopic Management for esophageal perforations.- 33. Stent for esophageal anastomotic leak.- 34. Management of small esophageal GIST tumors.- 35. Surgery for minimally symptomatic pulsion diverticula of the thoracic esophagus.- 36. Partial versus total fundoplication for GERD in patients with normal esophageal motility.- Part 4. Diaphragm.- 37. Diaphragm pacing for paralysis.- 38. Minimally invasive versus open repair of giant paraesophageal hernia.- 39. Synthetic reinforcement of diaphragm closure for large hiatal hernia repair.- 40. Diaphragmatic plication for eventration.- 41. Management of recurrent minimally symptomatic paraesophageal hernia.- Part 5. Airway.- 42. Stenting for benign airway obstruction.- 43. Bioengineered tissues for tracheal reconstruction.- 44. Percutaneous versus standard tracheostomy in the critically ill adult.- 45. Carinal resection for Non Small Cell Lung Cancer.- Part 6. Pleura and Pleural Spaces.- 46. Management of Persistent Postoperative Air Leaks.- 47. Fibrinolytics for managing pleural empyema.- 48. VATS versus open management of pleural empyema.- 49. Optimal management of symptomatic malignant pleural effusion.- 50. Pleurectomy versus radical pleuropneumonectomy for malignant pleural mesothelioma.- 51. Surgery and medical therapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma.- Part 7. Mediastinum.- 52. Extended versus standard thymectomy for myasthenia gravis.- 53. Optimal approach for resection of encapsulated thymoma: open versus VATS.- 54. Robotic versus VATS thymectomy for encapsulated thymoma.- 55. Video mediastinoscopy versus standard mediastinoscopy.- 56. Debulking for extensive thymoma.- 57. Surgery for palmar hyperhidrosis: patient selection and extent of surgery.- Part 8. Chest Wall.- 58. Synthetic versus biologic reconstruction of bony chest wall defects.- 59. Management of flail chest.- 60. Management of pectus deformities in adults.

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