Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery For Lung Cancer Patients

Posted on October 2, 2013 @ 9:46 am

Lung cancer patients may avail robotic surgery in hospitals in the United States. The cancerous tumors are removed through a small incision in a procedure called port access robotic lobectomy, which benefits faster recovery and less post-operative pain compared to traditional lung cancer surgery, says online media. Mostly of the hospitals use da Vinci surgical robot system. Da Vinci is a million-dollar machine consisting with three or four arms that holds surgical instruments. Because of da Vinci’s unique system design, it makes the surgeon to operate the machine from a comfortable, seated position at a console, with eyes and hands in line with the instruments, and a magnified, high-definition 3D visualization of the target area.

An open incision is required during traditional lung cancer resection. The cutting through the muscles and spreading of the ribs may cause painful incision. The risk of developing pneumonia is high in patients who experienced pain after the surgery because of they difficulty to cough and get rid of the lungs’ secretion, surgeons disclosed.

During robotic surgery, the movement made by the surgeon is mimicked by the the computer-controlled device that moves, positions and manipulates surgical tools. A three-dimensional view of the patient’s chest that is magnified 10 times greater than the normal vision is given by the computer console. The surgeon’s hands control the robotic arms to perform the procedure. Robotic surgery may benefit decreased post-operative pain because the pressure on the nerves that run along each rib is lessened.

Before undergoing a robotic surgery, FDA tells patients to  talk to their respective doctor in order to determine if da Vinci is the best surgical procedure for them. If you want to know more about the surgical risks, safety and indications for use, please refer to the page on da Vinci lawsuit at


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