Robotic lung resections: video-assisted thoracic surgery based approach
Advances in technology cause major developments in minimally invasive thoracic surgery practice. The expected benefits of minimally invasive pulmonary surgery are clear and mostly as follows; shorter hospital stay, fast recovery, less pain, and decreased morbidity and mortality. Robotic surgery with improved visualization and instrumental technical capabilities has become an attractive tool for surgeons who are performing lung resections. However, robotic surgery still seems far away from standardization even in the basic fundamental which is “the best approach for docking”. In this article, we would like to share our experience in robotic surgery with video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) based or in other terms “robotic-assisted” approach, and discuss its advantages and disadvantages. We speculate that, especially at early experience, VATS based approach or “robotic-assisted approach” may provide a smooth start up with the support of the experienced table surgeon.