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Robot-Assisted Thoracic Procedures
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What are Robot-Assisted Thoracic Procedures?

  • Robot-Assisted Surgery—Overview

Robot-assisted thoracic procedures are considered for surgeries that:

  • Require precision
  • Do not require open access

Some thoracic surgeries that have been successfully performed using robotic techniques include:

  • Thymectomy —removal of the thymus gland
  • Lobectomy —removal of a lung lobe
  • Esophagectomy —removal of the esophagus
  • Mediastinal tumor resection —removal of tumors located in the mediastinum (the part of the chest cavity that separates the lungs)
  • Sympathectomy—cauterizing a portion of the sympathetic nerve

Compared to more traditional procedures, robotic-assisted surgery may result in:

  • Less scarring
  • Reduced recovery times
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced trauma to the body
  • Shorter hospital...

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a robot-assisted thoracic procedure, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Collection of air or gases in the lung cavity ( pneumothorax )
  • Collapsed lung
  • Need for a prolonged artificial respiration on a ventilator (breathing machine)
  • Damage to neighboring organs or structures
  • The need to switch to traditional surgical methods (eg, traditional laparoscopic or open surgery)
  • Anesthesia-related problems
  • Nerve damage

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Advanced age
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive alcohol intake *...