Robotic lobectomy: tips, pitfalls and troubleshooting

Kocher, Gregor; Schmid, Ralph; Melfi, Franca M A (2014). Robotic lobectomy: tips, pitfalls and troubleshooting. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery, 46(6), e136-e138. Oxford University Press 10.1093/ejcts/ezu370

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The robotic approach in thoracic surgery has rapidly gained popularity in recent years. As with the introduction of any new technology, this warrants not only adaptation of the operative technique itself, but also the evolution of appropriate troubleshooting strategies. A selected number of helpful tips and technical procedural manoeuvres have been compiled to prevent intraoperative problems, as well as to overcome challenging situations that can arise during robotic lobectomies. In robotic surgery, as opposed to open surgery or video-assisted thoracic surgery, these tips serve an important purpose for the operating surgeon, as well as the entire surgical team involved in the procedure. All the assembled recommendations have proved their effectiveness and have been successfully used by the authors in many procedures. Furthermore, these manoeuvres have been found to be of great importance in the training and proctoring of thoracic surgeons, fellows and residents (bed-side assistants). This guide of clearly arranged tips and troubleshooting strategies offers surgeons a useful tool to overcome difficult situations in robotic lobectomy and preferably improve the reproducibility and safety of their procedures.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Thoracic Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Kocher, Gregor and Schmid, Ralph


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Oxford University Press




Thomas Michael Marti

Date Deposited:

16 Mar 2015 12:33

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 00:05

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Minimally invasive surgery, Robotics, Surgical techniques, Lobectomy, Lung cancer surgery




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