Robotic Lobectomy and Segmentectomy: Technical Details and Results

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  • Robotic-assisted pulmonary lobectomy can be considered for patients fit for conventional lobectomy. Contraindications include prohibitive lung function or medical comorbidities, multistation N2, gross N2 disease, or evidence of N3 disease. Team training, familiarity with equipment, troubleshooting, and preparation are critical for successful robotic lobectomy. Similar to video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy, robotic lobectomy is associated with decreased blood loss, blood transfusion, air leak, chest tube duration, duration of stay, and mortality compared with thoracotomy. Robotic lobectomy offers many of the same benefits in perioperative morbidity and mortality, and the advantages of optics, dexterity, and surgeon ergonomics compared with VATS lobectomy.
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  • Wei B; Cerfolio RJ
  • Start Page

  • 771
  • End Page

  • 782
  • Volume

  • 97
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  • 4