Robotic Lung Surgery

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Thanks to innovations in surgical technology, there is a new category of minimally invasive surgery. Moffitt now offers da Vinci® Robotic Lung Surgery for lung cancer and several other cancer types – allowing our physicians to provide patients with the next evolution in surgical procedures.

Lung surgeries are very complex operations because of the large vessels leading to and from the lungs and heart. Unlike the traditional open-chest method, the da Vinci® system allows Moffitt surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures by guiding robotic arms as they make tiny incisions. The new robotic lung surgery technique promises minimal trauma to the patient and better surgical results. 

Only early stage lung cancer patients are candidates for the robotic procedure.  The benefits include shorter hospital stays and decreased pain and discomfort.

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides an enhancement beyond traditional open surgery, putting the surgeon at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The robotic lung surgery system allows Moffitt surgeons like Eric Toloza, M.D., Ph.D., to perform the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

The system cannot be programmed or make its own decisions. Every surgical maneuver is performed with direct input from the surgeon. To operate the equipment, the physician sits at a console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field. The surgeon’s fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with the hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of special instruments during the surgical procedure.

We are dedicated to providing minimally invasive surgery options for the benefit of our lung cancer patients and their families. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about this treatment option, please call Cancer Answers at 1-888-MOFFITT.

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