Published in Cancer Weekly, December 30th, 2003
"Cost containment has become an important issue in thoracic surgery. Applying the principles of evidence-based medicine a literature search was performed to determine whether video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) has an advantage over thoracotomy concerning total cost," investigators in Belgium report.
"Only eight studies specifically looked at cost; all but one were retrospective. Lung biopsy by VATS yielded higher operating room costs compared with limited thoracotomy. The cost of VATS wedge resection of lung nodules was...
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