da Vinci® Lobectomy (Non-small cell lung cancer)
If you’ve been diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer, your doctor will discuss the condition with you and the best plan of action. He/she may suggest surgery to remove part of your lung (lobe). The operation is called a lobectomy. It can be done using open surgery or minimally invasive surgery.
Open surgery is done through a long chest incision (cut). Your surgeon may also need to spread your ribs to reach your lung and chest cavity.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
One minimally invasive surgery option is thoracoscopy, also called video-assisted thoracic surgery or VATS. Doctors insert a tiny camera and surgical instruments into your chest through small incisions. The camera sends images to a video screen to guide doctors as they operate. Another minimally invasive option for patients facing lobectomy is robotic-assisted da Vinci Surgery.
Why da Vinci Surgery?
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. Early clinical data suggests da Vinci Lobectomy may offer the following potential benefits compared to open surgery:
- Shorter hospital stay1,2,3,4
- Shorter chest tube duration1,2,5
- Less or similar rate of blood loss and/or transfusions1,2,5
- Smaller incisions for less scarring
da Vinci Lobectomy may offer the following potential benefits compared to VATS:
- Shorter/similar hospital stay2,6
da Vinci Lobectomy may offer the additional potential benefit:
- Low mortality (death) rate1,4,5
Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his/her hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
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Risks & Considerations Related to Pulmonary Resection (removal of part of lung): air leaks from lungs, lung infection, lengthy time on a breathing machine of 48 hours or more, abnormal/irregular heartbeat, breathing tube needs to be re-inserted, abnormal path between lung airways and lining, lung failure lymph fluid collects around lungs, abnormal vocal cord function.
- Cerfolio RJ, et al. Initial consecutive experience of completely portal robotic pulmonary resection with 4 arms. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.2011;142(4)740-746.
- Farivar AS, et al. Comparing Robotic Lung Resection With Thoracotomy and Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Cases Entered Into The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database. Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. 2014:9(1):1-6.
- Kent M, et al. Open, Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery, and Robotic Lobectomy: Review of a National Database. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2013: 97(1): 236-244.
- Oh DS, et al. Early Adoption of Robotic Pulmonary Lobectomy: Feasibility and Initial Outcomes. The American Surgeon.2013: 79: 175-180.
- Adams RD, et al. Initial multicenter community robotic lobectomy experience: comparisons to a national database. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2014:97(6): 1893–1900 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j. athoracsur.2014.02.043.
- Jang HJ, et al.; Comparison of the Early Robot-Assisted Lobectomy Experience to Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery Lobectomy for Lung Cancer. 2011: Innovations • Volume 6, Number 5, September/October 2011.
Important Safety Information
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/Safety for Important Safety Information.
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