Thoracic surgeons affiliated with the Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital are specially trained to treat the most common lung cancer – non-small cell lung cancer. The three types are:
To treat the disease patients may have surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination. Your doctor will discuss the side effects as well as the pros and cons of all treatments and surgery options.
During lung cancer surgery, the amount of tissue and/or lung removed will depend on the stage of the cancer. Your surgeon may perform one of the following:
These procedures may be done with open surgery or minimally invasive surgery.
Open Surgery is performed through a long chest incision. Your surgeon may also need to spread your ribs to reach your lung.
Thoracoscopy, also called video-assisted thoracic surgery or VATS, is one minimally invasive surgery. Doctors insert a tiny camera and surgical instruments into your chest through small incisions. The camera sends images to a video screen in the operating room to guide doctors as they operate.
da Vinci® Surgical Incision Open Surgical Incision
Another minimally invasive option for lung cancer patients facing lobectomy is robotically-assisted da Vinci® Surgery. Using the da Vinci System for non-small cell lung cancer, surgeons make a few small incisions between your ribs, similar to a thoracoscopy.
The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. These features enable surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, and control.
Compared to open or VATS, da Vinci Lobectomy may offer the following potential benefits:
Talk to your doctor to decide if robotic surgery is right for you. As with any surgery, there are risks.