Robotic-Assisted Thoracic Surgery
Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute at Sacred Heart Medical Center is home to one of the first comprehensive robotic-assisted thoracic surgery programs in the state. Cardiothoracic surgeon Paul Koh, MD, has deep experience with robotic-assisted cardiac procedures, and now offers the same benefits to appropriate thoracic patients.
The benefits of robotic-assisted surgery are numerous, and patients avoid the blood loss, pain and scarring that typically result from traditional thoracic surgery. The robot allows the surgeon to perform thymectomies and other potentially traumatic procedures through 1- to 2-cm incisions, without spreading or cutting the breastbone or ribs. Studies suggest that this less invasive approach can greatly reduce the recovery time, pain and trauma associated with thoracic surgery.
Other minimally invasive approaches
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy involves inserting a small videoscope and specialized surgical instruments into the chest to perform operations such as removal of a lobe of the lung or treatment of chest infections.
Stereotactic body radiation therapy for lung cancer patients has been shown to improve survival rates for patients with inoperable early-stage lung cancer.