Robotic-assisted thoracoscopic surgery thymectomy

Carlo Curcio, Roberto Scaramuzzi, Dario Amore


In recent decades, mediastinal surgery has undergone radical innovations. In fact, introduction of minimally invasive methods, such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), showed several clinical benefits over median sternotomy. Recently the introduction of robotic-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (RATS) has added more technological advantages in mediastinal dissection such as 3-dimensional (3D) vision and multi-articulated instruments. We agree with many authors about the advantages of RATS for the treatment of patients with thymomas and patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) resistant to medical treatment, but actually we express concerns about the high costs of this procedure. Furthermore we are waiting for long term clinical and oncological outcomes compared with trans-sternal or VATS approach. Here we report our series experience.