Article Abstract

Is robot assisted thoracic surgery better than video assisted?

Authors: Pavlos Papoulidis, Marco Nardini, Joel Dunning


Surgical approaches for thoracic surgery evolved over the years. Starting from the conventional thoracotomy, surgeons moved on to smaller incisions for video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) (uniportal) and the introduction of evolving technology lead to the use of robotic surgery which emerges as more minimal invasive and with the same or even better therapeutic results and definitely promising faster recovery. First reports of robotic lobectomy appeared in literature in 2002 (1) and increasing numbers of pioneers in 2008 to 2009.