Thoracic Surgery

  • Giulia VeronesiEmail author
Part of the Updates in Surgery book series (UPDATESSURG)


Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive approach with several advantages over open thoracotomy for resectable lung cancer [1, 2] . However VATS use is limited because the instruments are rigid and difficult to use, and vision is limited. Robot technology appears to overcome these limitations as the robotic arms are more comfortable to use, and allow more precise, flexible and intuitive movements. This, combined with high-definition three-dimensional vision, renders operations easier for the surgeon, with probably a shorter learning curve than for VATS [3, 4].


Robotic Surgery Intercostal Space Mediastinal Lymph Node Dissection Truncus Arteriosus Segmental Vein 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Thoracic SurgeryEuropean Institute of OncologyMilanItaly

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