Techniques for robotic lung resection

Samuel Kim, Stephen Chiu

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Background: Minimally invasive approaches to anatomic lung resections including lobectomy and segmentectomy are becoming more pervasive. The robotic-assisted approach is the newest of minimally invasive techniques and includes advantages in terms of mechanics and optics. Here, general considerations and steps to robotic-assisted anatomic lung resections are presented. Methods: De-identified cases with hi-definition recordings are used to illustrate key steps and exposures during robotic-assisted anatomic lung resections. Results: The steps to right upper lobectomy, right middle lobectomy, right lower lobectomy, left upper lobectomy, left lower lobectomy, superior segmentectomy, and left upper trisegmentectomy are presented. Conclusions: Robotic anatomical pulmonary resection is a safe, oncologically effective alternative to the video-assisted thoracoscopic approach. The mechanical and optical advantage afforded by the robotic approach may make certain challenging patient populations and technically demanding operations easier and safer to perform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalVideo-Assisted Thoracic Surgery
Issue numbermarch
StatePublished - Mar 15 2020


  • Lobectomy
  • Robotic-assisted surgery
  • Segmentectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Computer Science Applications


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