3-32-20 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya,
Takashi Suda, M.D. Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Thoracic Surgery,
Fujita Health University, Japan
It is a great pleasure and honor that the 7th Asia single port VATS symposium (ASPVS 2019) will be held in Nagoya, Japan from May 24 (Fri.) to 25 (Sat.), 2019.
Minimally invasive thoracic surgery procedures are presently undergoing changes with the advent of single port surgery, robotic surgery, and other new technologies. Particularly, single port surgery has come into sharp focus, and is now spreading in Asia, Europe, and other parts of the world. Only in Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital (China), more than ten thousand lung cancer operations are held annually, among which about 80% use single port surgery. Many foreign surgeons visit this Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital for surgery observation and training. However, facilities that practice single port surgery are still limited. This can be attributed primarily to the fact that this surgical technique is different from what we get used to in our practice, and to the fears that surgery accuracy cannot be secured due to the restrictions on surgical procedures. Transition from open-chest surgery to video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery was also accompanied with confusion about the new technology and fears about the surgery accuracy. Introduction of something new inevitably brings about hesitation and doubt. However, a new technology can be neither criticized nor appreciated unless actually seen and experienced. In this symposium, the world’s experts in single port surgery will report on pulmonary lobectomy via lateral approach, single port lobectomy via subxiphoid and subcostal approach, single port thymectomy via subxiphoid approach, single port pulmonary lobectomy without endotracheal intubation under local anesthesia, extended operations with single port surgery, robot-assisted single port surgery, education and training programs in single port lobectomy, and other topics. Furthermore, a demonstration surgery by Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas, single port surgery pioneer and world’s most famous surgeon, will be broadcast live from Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital to provide real-life experience of single port surgery. In this session, you are supposed to see what cannot be seen in an edited video.
The future of minimally invasive thoracic surgery will certainly head to single port surgery including robot-assisted surgery. You are welcome to get to know the world of the leading-edge single port surgery through participation in this symposium. The theme of the symposium is defined as ‘Respond to Change and Inaugurate a New Era’, which reflects our wish of creating a new era to flexibly respond to changes.
We are looking forward to seeing participants from all over the world who are interested in novel thoracic surgery. It would be our great pleasure if this symposium could contribute to development of your thoracic surgery techniques.