Robotic thoracic surgery is performed with the aid of the da Vinci Surgical System, a sophisticated robotic device that gives the surgeon access inside the chest cavity through tiny incisions. The surgeon controls the robotic arms from a console in the operating room. The robotic system provides improved visualization (using three-dimensional technology), better access to mediastinal tissues, and improved ability to remove lymph nodes as part of a cancer operation. Compared to surgery performed through a 20 cm open-chest incision, robotic thoracic surgery provides several benefits for patients, including the following:
- Faster recovery and return to normal activities
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Reduced scarring
- Minimal blood loss
Professor Tristan Yan acquired the robotic surgical skills from the United States and is one of the few surgeons who can perform robotic lobectomy in the country. To discuss if robotic surgery is suitable to you, please contact Professor Yan by making an appointment.