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Robotic Thoracic Surgery

USC Cardiothoracic Surgeons have focused their work on thoracic surgery and envision a role for the da Vinci Surgical System in thoracic (chest) surgery. Being in a situation where they can get in on the ground level, they continue looking at ways on how to use robot technology to do minimally invasive thoracic procedures.

Using robotic surgery to remove posterior mediastinal tumor
Using robotic surgery to remove posterior mediastinal tumor

USC Cardiothoracic Surgeons envision performing thoracoscopic procedures such as bleb resections or removal of posterior medialstinal masses with the robot, hoping to extend its use to lobectomies and even tracheal work, such as resections and reconstructions. The technology provides minimal access with facile instruments, like having tiny hands inside the chest.

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