Adequate techniques for the resection and dependable reconstruction of the trachea have only been developed in the last 15 years. The relative rarity of tracheal lesions, despite the relatively massive explosion of postintubation lesions, has allowed only a few individuals and a few centers to develop any significant experience in depth. Professor Mikhail Perelman, chief of the department of thoracic surgery at the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Surgery of the USSR in Moscow, has long had an interest in tracheal surgery, as well as surgery of the bronchi. Surgery of the Trachea is based on his own clinical experience and his scholarly interest in the subject over many years. The book is revised from a 1972 Russian edition. At that time, Professor Perelman had surgically treated 83 patients with a variety of tracheal lesions. Of these cases, 19 were sleeve resections and 19 were carinal resections.
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