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Thoracic Surgery (Lung)


Lung Surgery (Wedge Resection, Lobectomy, Pneumonectomy)
Doctors may recommend surgery for lung cancer, especially if the cancer has been identified early. Your doctor may recommend wedge resection surgery or segmentectomy to remove part of one lobe, a lobectomy to remove an entire lobe, or a pneumonectomy to remove all of either your right or left lung.

Our surgeons offer robotic surgery options for these procedures. This minimally invasive surgery technique requires few small incisions and do not require spreading apart of the ribs—resulting in a faster recovery and significantly less post-operative discomfort and scarring than traditional open lung cancer surgery, which requires a large incision and use of a mechanical rib spreader.

Robotic lung surgery also enables the surgeon to view the lung structures from the front of the chest wall—an approach that more closely resembles that of open surgery.

Patients who have undergone robotic surgery tend to be discharged from the hospital more quickly, and return to their normal activities faster because there is less trauma to the body.

Is this procedure right for you? Please visit Norton Thoracic Institute for more information

Chest Wall and Mediastinal Tumors
The mediastinum is a confined space that contains many vital structures in close proximity to each other, making it a challenge to access and visualize the mass being removed or biopsied. The da Vinci Si surgical robot’s superior, high-definition 3-D visualization, exceptional maneuverability and dexterity, and precise control make it ideally suited for operating on mediastinal masses. 

And since robotic mediastinal surgery is done through several small incisions between the ribs on the left or right side of the chest, it results in significantly less post-operative pain and scarring than traditional open mediastinal surgery, which requires a large incision and, in some procedures, cutting through the chest bone as well.

Is this procedure right for you? Please visit Norton Thoracic Institute for more information