Thoracic surgery then and now

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!