Journal article

Novel technique for parietal pleural dissection using a laparoscopic hernia balloon

Daniel Florisson, Rajeev Shukla, Naveed Alam, Gavin Wright

General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery | SPRINGER JAPAN KK | Published : 2020


We describe a novel technique for the creation of a pleural tent and pleurectomy via the use of a laparoscopic hernia balloon. In this method a Spacemaker™ Structural Balloon Trocar (Covidien, USA) is tunnelled under the pleura at the site of thoracotomy or video assisted thoracoscopic surgery port and incrementally inflated under vision. This method is less traumatic than traditional methods, is more likely to provide an intact pleural tent, and allows the surgeon to operate in a near bloodless operative field.

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