Thoracic Surgery

Clinical Care + Services

Our thoracic surgeons are experts in the field of robotic surgery, a revolutionary technique of minimally invasive surgery. The state-of-the-art da Vinci® surgical system was one of the first robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgical systems cleared by the FDA. It has been used by surgeons across all 50 states and throughout the world to perform more than 8.5 million procedures.

Benefits of robotic surgery include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Shorter length of stay
  • Smaller incisions/scars
  • Higher patient satisfaction
  • Better functional outcomes
  • Quicker recovery to baseline health
  • Quicker recovery to receive other treatments if needed
  • Possible superior cancer outcomes


How does robotic surgery work?

The da Vinci® platform is a powerful tool that has distinct benefits for both the patient and surgeon. At Tufts MC, we have adopted this technology to perform complex thoracic (chest and lung) and foregut (esophagus and stomach) procedures with as few and small of incisions as possible.

During a robotic procedure using the da Vinci® robotic surgical system, the surgeon will place several ports via a few tiny incisions into the chest or abdomen, depending on the type of procedure. Next, the four robotic arms are connected to or “docked” to these ports which allow the surgeon to control a variety of robotic instruments, including a high-definition 3D camera. The surgeon then sits at a console immediately next to the patient and the robot and performs the operation controlling the robotic arms.

During the operation, the surgeon has a high-definition 3D view and is able to move the camera, zoom in and out, and even look around corners. Movements can be scaled for even more precision and control. The intuitive communication system allows your surgeon, the entire surgery team, and the anesthesia team to communicate effortlessly throughout the procedure.

At the completion of the case, the surgeon will “undock” the robotic arms, and close the small incisions. This minimally invasive method allows patients to heal and recover faster, so that they can get back to doing what matters most in their lives.

For more information on robotic surgery, call 617-636-5589