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Table 3 Operative, post-operative data, morbidity, mortality

From: Development of a video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy program in a single institution: results before and after completion of the learning curve

Variable Group A (LC) Group B p
Operative time 190,9 ± 41,4 162 ± 47,4 < 0,01
Estimated blood loss 154 ± 152 122 ± 69 NS 0,08
Conversion rate 4 (8 %) 1 (1.1 %) 0.04
Chest tube duration 5,4 ± 1,8 5,1 ± 1 NS
Hospitalization 6,47 ± 2,5 5,92 ± 1,9 NS
Post-operative complications 6 (12 %) 10 (10.6 %) NS
 • Bleeding requiring transfusions 1 (2 %) 1 (1.1 %)
 • Prolonged air leak 1 (2 %) 4 (4.2 %)
 • Atrial arrhythmia 1 (2 %) 3 (3.1 %)
 • Acute lung injury 0 1 (1.1 %)
 • Liver failure and Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome 0 1 (1.1 %)
 • Pneumonia 1 (2 %) 0
 • Recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy 1 (2 %) 0
 • Hoarseness with normal vocal cord motility 1 (2 %) 0
Mortality (60 days) 0 (0 %) 1 (1.1 %) NS
  1. NS not significant