Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgeries provide the most advanced technology to treat thoracic cancers. Our physicians use a few small incisions in your chest and sides to perform robotic-assisted surgeries. These procedures have fewer surgical risks, including a lower risk of bleeding, infection, pain and scarring than other surgeries. You’ll also spend less time in the hospital after a robotic surgery and experience a faster, less painful recovery.

We take advantage of the latest technology in robotics, using detailed 3-D views of your chest for a clearer view than other minimally invasive surgeries. The specialized robotic tools also are more flexible than a human hand, so your doctor can make controlled, precise movements during surgery.

Experience is key to effective robotic surgeries. Thoracic surgeons at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center are pioneers in robotic surgery in Central Florida. They performed the region’s first robotic thoracic surgery in 2007, and continue to be leaders in the field of robotic surgery. Surgeons from across the globe come to our facility to learn the latest robotic surgery techniques to treat thoracic cancers.

We give you more cancer treatment options and perform a wide range of thoracic cancer surgeries, including:

Robotic Lung Cancer Surgery

During robotic lung cancer surgery, also called robotic lobectomy, your surgeon will remove as much cancerous tissue from your lungs as possible. The goal of the surgery is to remove cancer and help your lungs function as normally as possible after surgery.

Robotic biopsies can remove small amounts of lung tissue to help diagnose lung cancers. Our surgeons can evaluate if your lung cancer has spread to other areas of your body using a procedure called robotic lymph node dissection. During this procedure, your physician will remove the lymph nodes nearest to your lungs. A pathologist then examines the lymph nodes for cancer cells.

Your doctor will discuss with you if you are a candidate for robotic lung cancer surgeries. Recovery from these procedures is typically just a few weeks as compared to a few months with conventional open surgeries.

Robotic Surgery of Mediastinal or Chest Tumors

During robotic mediastinal surgery, your physician removes tumors and/or other tissues from the area between your lungs (mediastinum). Your doctor also can remove any tumors in your chest wall during robotic chest wall resection surgery. Recovery from robotic chest or mediastinal surgery generally takes three to four weeks, about half the recovery time for conventional open surgery.

Robotic Esophageal Surgery

Robotic esophageal surgery is performed to treat:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hiatal hernia (stomach pushes through diaphragm muscle)
  • Achalasia (condition in which a relaxed esophageal muscle prevents you from swallowing)
  • Esophageal diverticulum (a bulge in the esophagus wall)

Recovery time for this surgery depends on how much of your esophagus is removed, but may take from three to eight weeks.