Robotic
Lung Surgery
Samer A.Kanaan, MD, FACS

FAQs

What is robotic-assisted lung surgery?

Robotic-assisted lung surgery is a minimally invasive procedure to treat early to moderate lung cancer. Your doctor performs surgery through small incisions with the help of robotic arms that improve accuracy and dexterity.

How is robotic surgery performed?

A few small keyhole incisions are made and a video camera and instruments are passed through these to visualize and access the site of surgery. The instruments are held by precisely-controlled robotic arms which your doctor operates at a console in the operating room. The video camera provides a 3D view and the robotic arms can be maneuvered in various directions so that surgery is performed with a high level of accuracy.

What are the benefits of robotic-assisted lung surgery?

The benefits of robotic assisted lung surgery include:

  • Less tissue trauma (no cutting or spreading ribs)
  • Less pain and bleeding
  • Better visualization
  • Better instrument control
  • Fewer complications
  • Faster recovery

Am I a candidate for robotic-assisted lung surgery?

Your doctor will take many factors into consideration including the extent of your disease and your overall health to decide whether you are a candidate for this kind of procedure.

What are the risks associated with robotic lung surgery?

Complications with robotic lung surgery are less when compared to traditional surgery but potential risks include tissue damage, lung leakage, bleeding, infection and even death. In some cases, conversion to an open surgery may be necessary.