ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Robotic lobectomy in lung cancer: early results
Yusuf Bayrak1, Serhan Tanju1, Ertan Öztürk2, Mustafa Şükrü Dilege3
Amerikan Hastanesi, Göğüs Cerrahisi Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye
1Amerikan Hastanesi, Göğüs Cerrahisi Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye
2Amerikan Hastanesi, Anesteziyoloji ve Reanimasyon Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye
3Koç Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Göğüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2014.8862
Background: This study aims to review the role of robotic system in minimal invasive lung cancer resections, its early oncological results, and further expectations.

Methods: Between June 2010 and January 2013, the duration of surgery, length of hospital stay, complications, and pathological results of 11 patients who underwent robotic-assisted resection with the diagnosis of lung cancer in our clinic were retrospectively analyzed.

Results: Open surgery was not switched in any patient and all dissections were finished without rib spreaders. The mean operative time was 253 (150-295) minutes. The mean number of dissected lymph node station was five in each patient. The only complication was prolonged air leak in one patient. No procedure-related mortality was observed. The mean hospital stay was 6.1 days. Pathological examination showed an adenocarcinoma predominance as the most common tumor type in this patient group (n=9). Tumor size was ranging between 1.8-4.5 cm. The mean number of dissected lymph nodes was 16 in each patient.

Conclusion: Robotic lobectomies in patients with lung cancer are technically feasible and oncological results seem promising, despite a limited number of patients.

Keywords : Lung cancer; minimal invasive thoracic surgery; robotic surgery
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