Research: Thoracoscopic Repair of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia After Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Feasibility and Outcomes

Thoracoscopic repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) has been associated with faster recovery, earlier extubation, and decreased morbidity. Nevertheless, thoracoscopic repair is rarely attempted in the post-extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) patient. Commonly cited reasons for not attempting thoracoscopy include concerns that the patients’ respiratory status is too tenuous to tolerate insufflation pressures or that presumed defect size is so large that it precludes thoracoscopic repair. Our purpose is to review our experience with post-ECMO thoracoscopic CDH repair and evaluate the success of this approach.


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