Robotic Lung Surgery

Friday, October 14, 2016

Thoracic conditions refer to illnesses that affect the organs inside the chest, including the lungs. When medicine or other treatments do not ease symptoms or improve your condition, your doctor may suggest surgery. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Treatment for lung cancer can vary. Patients may have surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of treatments.

During lung cancer surgery, the amount of tissue or lung removed will depend on the stage of the cancer. Your surgeon may perform a wedge resection, where the tumor and a small section of your lung are removed. In a lobectomy, the entire lobe of one lung is removed. In a pneumonectomy, the entire lung is removed.

These procedures may be done with open surgery or minimally-invasive surgery. One option is thoracoscopy, also called video-assisted thoracic surgery, where the doctor inserts surgical instruments and a tiny camera into your chest through small incisions.

Another option is robotically-assisted surgery, which offers surgeons a magnified 3D high-definition view and special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. These patients tend to have less pain, infection and blood loss; a shorter hospital stay and faster return to normal activity.

Robotically-assisted surgery is also an option for lung biopsy and other lung procedures. If youre facing surgery of any type, explore all your options.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.