Robot-Assisted Thoracic Procedures

Definition

Thoracic surgery is done on the chest, but it does not involve surgery on the heart. With robot-assisted thoracic procedures, the doctor guides small robotic arms through keyhole incisions.
Thoracic Surgery
Laparascopic Thoracic
Keyhole incisions and specialized equipment are used for a robot-assisted thoracic procedure.
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Reasons for Procedure

Robot-assisted thoracic procedures are considered for surgeries that:
  • Require precision
  • Do not require open access
Some thoracic surgeries that have been successfully performed using robotic techniques include:
  • Thymectomy—removal of the thymus gland
  • Lobectomy—removal of a lung lobe
  • Esophagectomy—removal of the esophagus
  • Mediastinal tumor resection—removal of tumors located in the mediastinum, which is the part of the chest cavity that separates the lungs
  • Sympathectomy—cauterizing a portion of the sympathetic nerve
Compared to more traditional procedures, robotic-assisted surgery may result in:
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced recovery times
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced trauma to the body
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery

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