Thoracic Robotic Surgery

In some cases, the da Vinci Surgical System can be utilized for thoracic surgery, including a lobectomy, a procedure in which part of the lung is removed. This procedure is typically used for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.


What is robotic surgery and how can it help me?

Robotic surgery, utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System, is a less invasive technique than what is referred to as “open” surgery. With robotic surgery, the incisions made in your body by your surgeon are much smaller than the cut made during open surgery. Benefits of robotic surgery compared to open surgery include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine
  • A faster recovery
  • Smaller incisions associated with minimal scarring
  • For lobectomies, it can also reduce the duration of a chest tube

Learn more about the surgeon who performs thoracic robotic surgeries at Northeast Georgia Medical Center:

J. Clifton Hastings, III, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Kyle Thompson, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery