Anesthesia for Robotic Thoracic Surgery

  • Javier CamposEmail author


The management of the robotic thoracic surgical patient requires the knowledge of minimally invasive surgery techniques involving the chest. Familiarity with the da Vinci® robot surgical system by the anesthesiologist is mandatory. Management of one-lung ventilation techniques with a left-sided double-lumen endotracheal tube or an independent bronchial blocker is required, along with flexible fiber optic bronchoscopy techniques. Patient positioning and prevention of complications such as nerve or crashing injuries, while the robotic system is used. Recognition of the hemodynamic effects of carbon dioxide (CO2) during insufflation in the chest is required. Potential for conversion to open thoracotomy or open procedure in the abdomen.


Robotic thoracic surgery One-lung ventilation Robotic surgery and patient positioning Carbon dioxide insufflation Advantages and disadvantages of robotic surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaUniversity of Iowa Health Care, Roy and Lucille Carver College of MedicineIowa CityUSA

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