Thoracoscopic versus robotic approaches: advantages and disadvantages.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The overall advantages of thoracoscopy over thoracotomy in terms of patient recovery have been fairly well established. The use of robotics, however, is a newer and less proven modality in the realm of thoracic surgery. Robotics offers distinct advantages and disadvantages in comparison with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. Robotic technology is now used for a variety of complex cardiac, urologic, and gynecologic procedures including mitral valve repair and microsurgical treatment of male infertility. This article addresses the potential benefits and limitations of using the robotic platform for the performance of a variety of thoracic operations.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wei, B; D'Amico, TA

Published Date

  • May 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 177 - vi

PubMed ID

  • 24780422

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-5069

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2014.02.001


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States