The TriHealth Cancer Institute offers several treatments for lung cancer, including radiation, chemotherapy and/or surgery to remove all or part of a tumor.
Surgery for lung cancer is known as a lobectomy. Similar to “open heart” surgery, it traditionally involves sternotomy – cutting through the breastbone and opening the ribs. This can cause significant trauma, prolong healing time and increase the risk for serious complications and even mortality.
Lung Cancer Robotic-Assisted Lobectomy is Less Invasive
Robotic-assisted lobectomy is an alternative to traditional open surgery. When performed robotically with the da Vinci Surgical System, lobectomy is done with unparalleled precision and control through a few small incisions along the side of the chest.
Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Lobectomy for Lung Cancer
In addition to avoiding the pain and trauma of sternotomy and rib spreading, this may provide patient benefits such as:
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss and need for blood transfusions
- Shorter hospital stay
- Significantly less pain and scarring
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While robotic-assisted lobectomy is considered safe and effective, it may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
Illustrations courtesy of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.