Robot-assisted thoracic surgery is performed through tiny incisions, which means that the surgeon can avoid spreading the ribs to access the lungs. This minimally-invasive approach has many benefits:
- low rates of recurrence in advanced cancer cases
- less pain and blood loss
- fewer complications
- shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery
Your doctor may recommend robot-assisted surgery as an alternative to traditional lung surgery - or thoracotomy - which requires much larger incisions and, often, a much longer recovery.