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Minimally Invasive Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Textbook and Atlas

  • Rolf Gilbert Carl Inderbitzi
  • Ralph Alexander Schmid
  • Franca M. A. Melfi
  • Roberto Pasquale Casula

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery: General

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Corrado Lavini, Ciro Ruggiero, Uliano Morandi
      Pages 3-23
    3. Dominique Gossot
      Pages 25-38
    4. Franca M. A. Melfi, Federico Davini, Andrea Viti, Ralph Alexander Schmid, Alfredo Mussi
      Pages 39-45
    5. Franco Gambazzi
      Pages 47-49
    6. Andreas Vogt
      Pages 51-60
    7. Bernd Kläeser, Jakub Wiskirchen
      Pages 61-74
  3. Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery: The Lung

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Henrik Jessen Hansen, René H. Petersen
      Pages 95-103
    3. Diego Gonzalez-Rivas
      Pages 105-111
    4. Dominique Gossot, Ricard Ramos, Emmanuel Brian
      Pages 113-135
    5. Rolf G. C. Inderbitzi
      Pages 137-143
    6. Franca M. A. Melfi, Federico Davini, Olivia Fanucchi, Ralph Alexander Schmid, Alfredo Mussi
      Pages 145-155
    7. Thomas Schmid, Johannes Bodner, Florian Augustin
      Pages 157-160
    8. Lorenzo Spaggiari, Giulia Veronesi, Ruy Fernando Kuenzer Caetano da Silva
      Pages 161-174
  4. Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery: The Pleura

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Rolf G. C. Inderbitzi
      Pages 193-196

About this book


It is now 20 years since thoracoscopic surgery first entered everyday hospital practice, revolutionizing surgery and offering major benefits to patients. The intervening years have witnessed rapid progress, with the development of a variety of specialized techniques and equipment.


This superbly illustrated book provides authoritative and comprehensive descriptions of the various minimally invasive techniques that are currently employed in thoracic and cardiac surgery. A wide range of thoracoscopic procedures are explained and discussed, and detailed attention is also paid to robotic and robot-assisted surgical techniques. Throughout, the emphasis is on clear description of procedures and identification of practical aspects of relevance in surgical practice. The authors are some of the world’s most experienced thoracic and cardiac surgeons, and many of them have contributed greatly to the exploration and development of the field.



MIS Robotic Surgery Thoracoscopy VATS Minimal Invasive Surgery

Editors and affiliations

  • Rolf Gilbert Carl Inderbitzi
    • 1
  • Ralph Alexander Schmid
    • 2
  • Franca M. A. Melfi
    • 3
  • Roberto Pasquale Casula
    • 4
  1. 1.Klinik HirslandenThoraxzentrum ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2., Division of General Thoracic SurgeryUniversity Hospital Berne
  3. 3., Department of Cardio-Thoracic SurgeryUniversity of PisaPisaItaly
  4. 4.St. Mary's Hospital, Department of Cardio-Thoracic SurgeryImperial College Healthcare NHS TrustLONDONUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Surgery & Anesthesiology


From the reviews:

“This textbook concerns an atlas and procedural based review of lung and heart surgery using the endoscope. … The illustrations are well depicted and photographed making this an ideal reference for thoracic surgeons, residents, CVT Fellows, and students. … I have no hesitation in recommending this book to all surgeons.” (Joseph J. Grenier,, December, 2013)