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The Thoracic Surgeons at NTI are using cutting edge technology to provide minimally invasive thoracic surgery to patients referred to our practice.  Each patient will be evaluated for the most appropriate surgical approach that is individualized to their condition.  


One approach for providing minimally invasive thoracic surgery is through the use of robotics.  Placing articulating instruments through small 1 cm. incisions allows the thoracic surgeon to gain access into the thoracic and abdominal cavities.  Once the instruments are inside, the surgeon has full control of the robot.

Advantages of Robotics

  • Improved optics for the surgeon allowing for 3D vision
  • Articulating instrumentation
  • Surgeon has full control of camera and needs no assist
  • Improved lymph node dissection
  • Less tissue trauma and blood loss
  • With Xi system there is an ability to see adequate tissue blood flow and assessment of tissue perfusion
  • Less post-operative pain medications
  • Faster recovery times – reducing LOS in ICU and hospitalization
  • Minimal scarring

Types of Robotic Thoracic Procedures

  • Esophageal Surgery (Hernias to Esophagectomy)
  • Lung Surgery (resections to lobectomies)
  • Mediastinal tumors
  • Chest wall tumors

Things We Consider for Possible Robotic Thoracic Surgery

  • Where is the cancer?
  • How advanced is the cancer?
  • What is the overall health of the patient?
  • Can they tolerate surgery?
  • What are the different options available for a minimally invasive approach?

Learn More About Treatment Options at Norton Thoracic Institute

For more information about our services, please call 602.406.4000 or fax 602.406.6498.