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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 (resection)s 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?

Center of Excellence

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is proud to be an accredited SRC Center of Excellence in robotic surgery. Earning SRC’s robotic accreditation signifies our ability to deliver the safest and highest-quality care to our patient. Our commitment to this process has focused our team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines. Learn More.


Robotic surgery involves risk, some of which may be similar to those of conventional open surgery, such as a small risk of infection and other complications.

Are You a Candidate for Robotic Surgery?

Robotic surgery isn't an option for everyone. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of robotic surgery and how it compares with other techniques, such as other types of minimally invasive surgery and conventional open surgery.

Robotic surgery may not be available at all Dignity Health hospitals and medical centers in your area.

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.