Thoracic conditions refer to certain illnesses that affect the organs inside your chest, such as your lungs, heart or esophagus.
When medicine or other treatments do not ease your symptoms or condition, your doctor may suggest surgery. Surgery can include: open surgery through one large incision or minimally invasive surgery through a few small incisions. Minimally invasive surgery can be done through video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) or da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery.
The da Vinci Lobectomy for non-small cell lung cancer involves removing a lobe of the lung through small incisions that the surgeon makes between the ribs. While this technique is similar to other minimally invasive procedures, robotic surgery offers the added benefit of providing the surgeon with greater control and precision for delicate surgical maneuvers.
The benefits of da Vinci lobectomy include a reduced rate of complications, less loss of blood, a shorter stay in the hospital, reduced pain and less days with a chest tube in place.