The da Vinci Robotic System for surgery has provided patients with prostate cancer and gynecological cancers less invasive surgical options with decreased side effects. Now, utilizing the da Vinci System, thoracic robotic surgery is available at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven for patients with lung cancer.
Anthony Kim, MD, Assistant Professor of Thoracic Surgery, is currently the only thoracic surgeon in Connecticut actively using this technology to perform lobectomies for the treatment of lung cancer. Presently, the Yale Cancer Center Thoracic Oncology Program (TOP) is performing the most robotic lung procedures in Connecticut. Smilow Cancer Hospital’s robotic technology, the da Vinci Si, is the most advanced robotic platform available.
Smaller incisions, greater surgical precision, less pain for the patient, and a quicker return to normal activity, are just some of the benefits this technology allows for. Yale is one of a handful of institutions in the country that provides robotically assisted thoracic surgery for lung cancer. Although this form of treatment is still in its early stages, it shows great promise for the benefit of patients with lung cancer.