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Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery - Thoracic

Thoracic surgery is surgery that is done on the chest, esophagus or lungs. Some types of thoracic surgeries are available using robotic surgery.  Traditional open surgery to access the chest cavity requires the surgeon to make a long incision through the chest wall and in some cases the surgeon has to cut open the breastbone. This large incision leads to pain and discomfort along with a long recovery time and return to normal activities. However, with a minimally invasive option, your surgeon aided by the da Vinci SI Surgical System, will only make a few small, dime-sized incisions between the ribs, avoiding a large incision and the possibility of spreading the rib cage. As a result, patients can benefit in several ways including:

  • Lowers rate of complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of wound infection
  • Faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities

This less invasive option is available for many patients. Be sure to ask your physician if you are a candidate.

Some types of thoracic robotic assisted surgery being performed at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital include:

  • Thymectomy  (removal of the thymus gland)
  • Mediastinal tumor biopsy

Surgeons performing thoracic robotic assisted surgery at MSLH are: