Thoracic Team’s Thymectomy Approach Published in Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Drs. Gopal Singh, Jason Glotzbach, Joseph Costa, Lyall Gorenstein, Mark Ginsburg, and Joshua R. Sonett have published an article in January 2016 issue of the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery entitled Minimally Invasive Radical Thymectomy. In their article and accompanying video for physicians, the authors present a case example of a woman with myasthenia gravis, followed by detailed explanation of their surgical technique.
Having performed over 140 bilateral video-assisted thoracoscopic surgeries (Bi-VATS), the NYP/Columbia thoracic surgical team has advanced expertise in minimally invasive thymectomy (removal of the thymus gland) for myasthenia gravis. Compared to open thymectomy, the minimally invasive approach offers less postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery from surgery, and a quicker return to full activity. The location and size of the incision offer the most cosmetically appealing results as well.