The new GDPR becomes law tomorrow. There is a comprehensive privacy statement now available, with links to the ICO website for further information. I think we all have to take much more care with our information and this new regulation although somewhat burdensome is a necessary step.
2016 VATS lobectomy figures now available.
86% of my patients undergoing lung cancer resections were treated by minimally invasive surgery (VATS). The latest UK wide figures (2015) are 40%.
The mean length of stay at 5 days is 1/2 that of open surgery.
More than 50% of patients go home on day 4 or sooner.
Decreased pain and fewer air leaks are key to early discharge and VATS surgery offers both.
Operated on a patient recently who underwent an (open) lobectomy 30 years ago. Now able to perform a VATS procedure with no rib spreading, compared to the large thoracotomy that was the norm then. Did very well, but of course the fact that he was able to have surgery 30 years after his original op is a testament to the success of 'traditional' thoracic surgery! Sometimes the old ways are still effective!
Patient discharged less than 24 hours after minimally invasive (VATS) Lobectomy. On average patients stay in hospital 1/2 as long after VATS compared with open surgery. Median length of stay now 4 days and many patients home on post op day 2, but this lady did exceptionally well!
Thanks to Squarespace, the website is (sort of ) functioning. Bear with me as the procedure information will take a little time to upload. The basic details and contacts pages are fully functional however.
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A couple of interesting cases demonstrating new techniques are in the late stages of being written up. Details to follow.
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