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Photo of thoracic surgeon​​The thoracic surgeons on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano specialize in treating diseases of the lung, chest wall, esophagus, and diaphragm. As a testament to our commitment to provide safe and innovative approaches to compassionate patient care, we offer minimally invasive robotically assisted thoracic surgeries.

In traditional chest surgeries, the surgeon will often have to open the patient's chest to access organs such as the lung or esophagus. With robotically assisted surgery, the surgeons avoid making a large incision and can access the inside of the body through several small incisions (about 1 to 2 cm). This less invasive procedure with fewer incisions typically provides several advantages to our guests when compared to traditional surgery:

  • Shorter hospital stay (typically 2 to 3 days compared to 14 days with traditional surgery)
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Less (and smaller) scarring
  • Quicker return to normal activity
  • Fewer complications
  • Decreased risk of infection

Robotically assisted thoracic ​surgery provides your surgeon with magnified vision, enhanced dexterity, and precision. During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a nearby computer console. A tiny camera placed inside the body provides a three-dimensional view that is magnified 10 times greater than normal human vision. The surgeon's hands control robotic arms from the console to perform the procedure. These robotic arms have a greater range of motion than human hands. They also translate the surgeon's larger hand, wrist, and finger movements into smaller, more precise movements. Robotically assisted surgical procedures The Heart Hospital Baylor offers include:

  • Biopsy of lung nodules
  • Lobectomy for lung cancer
  • Mediastinum and mediastinoscopy
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Thymectomy for myasthenia gravis

Photo of robotic surgeonGuest care is our top priority. That's why The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano uses a collaborative care approach. A highly specialized and expertly skilled surgeon will partner with you and your physician to ensure that you receive the treatment that's right for you.

The surgeons on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano also treat lung nodules and mediastinal masses. In addition, robotically assisted thoracic surgery is offered for:

  • Benign esophageal diseases (including benign tumors and strictures)
  • Benign lung tumors
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Decortication
  • Diaphragm paralysis
  • Emphysema
  • Hyperhidrosis (excess sweating)
  • Lung cancer
  • Mediastinal tumors and diseases (including myasthenia gravis)
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural diseases (including pneumothorax, infections and pleural effusions)

For more information on robotic surgery, or to refer a patient for evaluation, call 469.814.3480 and request Robotics.

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