Good Samaritan surgeons are using the da Vinci® robotic surgical system for thoracic procedures. This minimally invasive approach has started to change the way surgeons operate inside the chest--especially in the lungs and esophagus.

Using robotic surgery, thymectomies and other potentially traumatic procedures may be performed through 1-2 cm incisions, without spreading or cutting the breastbone or ribs, thereby minimizing blood loss, pain and scarring.

Thoracic robotic procedures may include:

  • Thymectomy: surgery to remove the thymus gland
  • Lobectomy: surgery to remove the lobe of a lung
  • Esophagectomy: surgery to remove a portion of the esophagus