Thoracoscopic versus robotic approaches: advantages and disadvantages.

  title={Thoracoscopic versus robotic approaches: advantages and disadvantages.},
  author={Benjamin Wei and Thomas A D'amico},
  journal={Thoracic surgery clinics},
  volume={24 2},
  pages={177-88, vi}
The overall advantages of thoracoscopy over thoracotomy in terms of patient recovery have been fairly well established. The use of robotics, however, is a newer and less proven modality in the realm of thoracic surgery. Robotics offers distinct advantages and disadvantages in comparison with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. Robotic technology is now used for a variety of complex cardiac, urologic, and gynecologic procedures including mitral valve repair and microsurgical treatment of male… CONTINUE READING