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Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is now an established approach in the management of many thoracic conditions.
However, the high cost of this new technology has deterred many Asian hospitals from widely applying this technique.
This article describes our strategies to reduce cost in our practice of VATS over the last few years.
VATS involves (1) careful patient selection, (2) use of conventional thoracic instruments as much as possible, (3) modification of conventional instruments, (4) limited use of expensive consumables, and (5) development and application of endoscopic suturing technique.
VATS is still in evolution.
Cost containment, while desirable in the West, is a high priority in Asia if this new surgical approach is to be applicable even in developing countries.
More research is greatly needed in this area.
Mots-clés Pascal : Thoracoscopie, Indication, Technique, Contrôle coût, Pays en développement, Equipement, Analyse avantage coût, Homme, Endoscopie, Chirurgie, Appareil respiratoire pathologie, Economie santé
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Thoracoscopy, Indication, Technique, Cost control, Developing countries, Equipment, Cost benefit analysis, Human, Endoscopy, Surgery, Respiratory disease, Health economy
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