Thoracic surgery is the repair of organs located in the thorax, or chest. The thoracic cavity lies between the neck and the diaphragm, and contains the heart and lungs (cardiopulmonary system), the esophagus, trachea, pleura, chest wall, and diaphragm. Thoracic surgery repairs diseased or injured organs and tissues in the thoracic cavity. General thoracic surgery deals specifically with disorders of the lungs and esophagus.
The da Vinci Surgical System’s binocular robotic camera provides three-dimensional visualization, while the system’s robotic arm gives surgeons the access and control they need to successfully perform a number of minimally invasive thoracic surgical procedures.
By using the da Vinci system, surgeons are able to avoid making a large incision in the chest, similar to that required for open-heart surgery.