THORACOSCOPY (VATS) & ROBOTIC-ASSISTED SURGERY

Thoracoscopy (VATS)

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat problems in your chest.

With VATS, doctors insert a tiny camera (thoracoscope) and surgical instruments into your chest through small incisions. The camera takes images inside your body and sends them to a video monitor in the operating room to guide surgeons as they operate.

Surgeons use the video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery technique to perform a variety of operations, such as:

  • Biopsy to diagnose lung cancer, mesothelioma and other chest cancers
  • Esophagus surgery (esophagectomy)
  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Lung surgery, such as surgery to treat lung cancer and lung volume reduction surgery
  • Procedures to remove excess fluid or air from the area around the lungs
  • Surgery to relieve excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Surgery to relieve gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Thymus gland removal surgery (thymectomy)

When compared with a traditional open operation (thoracotomy), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery may result in less pain and shorten recovery time.

 

da Vinci® Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Another minimally invasive surgical option is da Vinci Surgery. Surgeons make a few small incisions instead of a large chest incision. The da VinciSystem features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your doctor to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

da Vinci® Lobectomy
(Non-small cell lung cancer)

If your doctor has diagnosed you with lung cancer and recommends surgery to remove a portion or a lobe of your lung, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci® Surgery. The procedure to remove a lobe of your lung is known as a lobectomy.

Why da Vinci Surgery?

With the da Vinci System, surgeons operate through a few small incisions between your ribs – similar to other minimally invasive approaches. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Lobectomy offers precise removal of cancerous tissue, as well as the following potential benefits compared to open surgery:

  • Lower rate of complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
  • Fewer days with chest tube (used to drain excess fluid from the chest)
  • Improved mental quality of life soon after surgery