Thoracic (Chest) Surgery
Thoracic surgery refers to any type of surgery performed on organs and tissues in your chest cavity, such as your lungs. When medication or other treatments are not effective, your doctor may recommend surgery.
Thoracic surgery can be performed using open surgery or minimally invasive surgery.
With traditional open surgery, doctors make a long chest incision, known as thoracotomy. In some cases, the surgeon may have to cut through your breastbone and spread your ribs. The incision and opening must be large enough for your surgeon to fit his/her hands and instruments inside your chest.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
With thoracoscopy (also called video-assisted thoracic surgery or VATS), doctors insert a tiny camera (thoracoscope) and surgical instruments into your chest through small incisions. The camera takes images inside your body and sends them to a video monitor in the operating room to guide surgeons as they operate.
da Vinci® Surgery
Another minimally invasive surgical option is da Vinci Surgery. Surgeons make a few small incisions instead of a large chest incision. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your doctor to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
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The friable nature of pulmonary tissue enhances the risk of vascular, bronchiolar, or other injury that will be difficult to control when using this device. Published clinical experience, as well as clinical studies performed to support this marketing clearance have demonstrated that even surgeons considered expert in laparoscopy/thoracoscopy have substantial learning curves of 10 to 12 cases.
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.
When Is Single-Site Technology Used and What Are the Risks?
da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site® Instruments is cleared for use in gallbladder removal, and for hysterectomy and ovary removal for benign conditions. Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci Surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. There may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery, including Single-Site surgery with the da Vinci System.
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