Chest and Lung Robotic-Assisted Procedures
Now surgeons at Atrium Medical Center can use robotic-assisted surgery to treat lung cancer by removing part of the lung (a procedure called lobectomy), as well as perform other thoracic procedures.
Thoracic robotic-assisted surgeries performed at Atrium include:
- Lymph node biopsy
- Mediastinal mass excision
- Posterior mediastinal mass excision
- Sleeve lobectomy
- Thoracic duct ligation
- Wedge resection
Traditional open surgery to access the chest cavity requires surgeons to make a long incision through the chest wall, known as thoracotomy. In some cases, the surgeon has to cut open the breastbone at the front of the ribcage. Less-invasive options using smaller incisions are available for many patients.
Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Thoracic Procedures
The robotic surgical system gives surgeons greater precision with control and access to hard-to-reach areas. This allows extremely complex operations to be performed through just a few small incisions. Since the surgeon is not cutting through muscle or spreading ribs, patients experience a much easier recovery.
Benefits of robotic-assisted thoracic procedures include:
- Faster recovery
- Fewer complications
- Less blood loss
- Reduced cancer recurrence or mortality in advanced disease
- Reduced pain
- Shorter length of hospital stay
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Content Updated: December 4, 2014