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Robotic-Assisted Lung Cancer Surgery

Hoag continues to lead the way in robotic-assisted surgery by being the first in Orange County to offer this sophisticated, minimally invasive surgical approach for treating lung cancer.

The new da Vinci® robotic platform offers a highly precise, minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery, which is why Hoag is pleased to be a pioneer in this expanded application to lung surgery.

What are the Benefits of Robotically-Assisted Surgery?

Robotic lung surgery provides many potential advantages compared to conventional surgery, including:

  • Less risk of complications, such as post-operative infection, blood loss and blood transfusions
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery, enabling a quicker return to normal activities

Why Choose Hoag for Robotic-Assisted Lung Surgery?

When it comes to diagnosing and treating lung care, Hoag Family Cancer Institute is a nationally recognized leader, performing the highest volume minimally invasive lung surgeries in Southern California.

While some surgeons perform robotic-assisted lung surgery on a small number of patients, the expert surgical team at Hoag performs more robotic thoracotomy procedures than any other medical center in Orange County. Being a high-volume lung surgery program enables the lung cancer experts at Hoag to achieve a technical skill level not all facilities can match.

With its exceptional team of physician experts and staff, progressive technology, and state-of-the-art surgical facilities, it’s easy to see why Hoag continues to lead the way in comprehensive lung cancer treatment both locally and nationwide.

Who is a Candidate for Robotic-Assisted Lung Surgery?

Robotic-assisted surgery is not appropriate for every patient needing lung surgery. Since the goal is a successful surgical result, each patient is evaluated individually to determine if robotic-assisted surgery is the best option for the individual patient.

How is Robotic Lung Surgery Performed?

At Hoag, robotic-assisted lung surgery is performed using the advanced da Vinci®S HDTM Surgical System.

This state-of-the-art system consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® Instruments via four robotic arms. These interactive instruments both mimic and enhance the surgeon's own hand movements, rendering them more precise by minimizing even the slightest hand tremor - an important element when operating on delicate lung tissue.

By dramatically enhancing visualization, precision, control and dexterity, robotic-assisted surgery overcomes the limitations of conventional procedures, helping physicians to perform highly complex surgery with increased precision and excellent patient outcomes.

Determining if Robotic-Assisted Lung Surgery is Right for You?

The lung cancer experts at Hoag Family Cancer Institute continue to lead the way in progressive patient-centered lung surgery. To determine if you are a candidate for robotic-assisted lung surgery speak with your medical oncologist, or contact Hoag to schedule second-opinion consultation at 949-7-CANCER (722-6237).

Experience You Can Trust!

Hoag Lung Cancer Program’s commitment to accurate diagnosis, combined with progressive therapeutic options enables Hoag patients to achieve some of the highest clinical outcomes in the nation.

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For more about Hoag Lung Cancer Program, or to schedule a second-opinion consultation with a Hoag lung cancer expert, please call 949-7-CANCER (722-6237).