Minimally Invasive Surgery

Thoracic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System at Manatee Memorial Hospital offers diagnosis and surgical treatment for the organs inside the chest, including the lungs, esophagus, diaphragm and chest wall. Surgeons at Manatee Memorial Hospital can use the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform many thoracic procedures through minimally invasive, robotic techniques.

Benefits of the da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System’s binocular robotic camera provides three-dimensional visualization, while the system’s robotic arm gives surgeons the access and control they need to successfully perform a number of minimally invasive thoracic surgical procedures. By using the da Vinci® system, surgeons are able to avoid making a large incision in the chest, similar to that required for open-heart surgery. Because there are several small incisions, instead of a single large opening in the chest, patients usually realize a number of benefits that include:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less pain
  • Quicker recoveries
  • Reduced chance of infection and other complications
  • A quicker return to normal activity
  • Less scarring
  • Decreased inflammation of body tissue
  • Less bleeding and reduced need for blood transfusion

Thoracic surgery procedures that can be performed using robotic surgery at Manatee Memorial include:

  • Lobectomy
  • Mediastinal Resection
  • Pericardial Window
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Pulmonary Wedge Resection
  • Thrombectomy
  • Thymectomy

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.

For more information about Robotic Surgery, call our Robotic Coordinator, Jody Burdge, RN at 941-745-7514.