About this Research Topic
Advances in the surgical field increased the number of treatment options that can now be offered to patients. However, not every patient can undergo MICTS. This has raised the need to identify the best patient for a particular treatment option through prognostic factors, especially in the current personalized medicine era. Mini-incisions, thoracoscopy, or robotic-assisted surgery cannot be offered without distinction.
What is more, can these interventions maximize outcome benefits without compromising costs? The aim is not to choose the least expensive option but to determine a balance between cost-effective means of an intervention that also meets acceptable outcome standards. To date, the cost-effectiveness of MICTS, particularly robotic techniques, is still debatable.
In this Research Topic we welcome studies that focus on surgical outcomes, prognostic factors, and cost-effectiveness of MICTS (mini-thoracotomy, mini-sternotomy, thoracoscopy, robotic-assisted surgery). This includes, but is not limited to:
- Valve surgery
- Aortic surgery
- Revascularization surgery
- Atrial fibrillation surgery (ablation/left atrial appendage closure)
- Lung resection
- Pleurectomy / Decortication
Original studies and reviews (including meta-analyses) are particularly welcomed.
Keywords: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Thoracoscopy, Robotic-Assisted, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cost-Effectiveness, Prognostic Factors, Survival
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