Uniportal Approach to Pericardial Window and Sympathectomy

  • Simon C. Y. Chow
  • Calvin S. H. NgEmail author


Pericardial window creation and thoracic sympathectomy are relatively simple procedures that can be performed by uniportal VATS approach. Successful drainage of pericardial effusion via a pericardial window can improve quality of life of patients and reduce frequency of admissions, while successful elimination of hyperhidrosis can improve patient satisfaction and self esteem. With the evolution of surgical techniques and emergence of uniportal thoracic surgery, excellent procedural outcomes can be achieved while minimizing surgical trauma to patients. In this chapter, we will introduce and describe the latest uniportal approaches to pericardial window and sympathectomy. In addition, technical considerations and select clinical results will also be discussed.

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Uniportal VATS pericardial window (WMV 26423 kb)

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Vasoview uniportal sympathecotomy (WMV 12232 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of SurgeryPrince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong SARChina

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