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da Vinci® Robotic Surgery

da Vinci® Thoracic Surgery

Robot-assisted, minimally invasive thoracic surgery at Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Chianti learned firsthand how the da Vinci® robot is a great defense against lung tumorsThoracic surgery refers to surgery performed on organs and tissues in the chest cavity, such as the lungs or esophagus. When medication or other treatments are not effective, surgery is often recommended to treat a range of conditions such as lung cancer, lung tumors, and diseases of the esophagus.

Traditional open surgery to access the chest cavity requires surgeons to make a long incision through the chest wall, known as thoracotomy. In some cases, the surgeon has to cut open the breastbone at the front of the ribcage.

da Vinci® thoracic surgery

Robot-assisted, minimally invasive thoracic surgery at Methodist Richardson Medical Center
Left: da Vinci thoracic surgery incision
Right: open thoracic surgery incision

If your doctor recommends surgery to treat a thoracic condition affecting your lungs or esophagus, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery. The advanced technology available with the da Vinci robotic surgical system provides doctors with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

Because doctors perform da Vinci surgery through a few tiny incisions between the ribs, they avoid splitting your breastbone and ribcage (known as a sternotomy). The da Vinci Surgical System provides surgeons and their patients with a minimally invasive treatment option – even for the most complex cases.

Potential benefits to da Vinci thoracic surgery, compared to traditional open surgery, can include:

  • Lower rate of complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
  • Faster return to normal quality of life

The da Vinci System is a robotic surgical platform with magnified 3D, high-definition vision designed to take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. By overcoming the challenges of traditional surgical approaches, da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.

Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Though it is often called a "robot," da Vinci cannot act on its own – surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.

Find a physician on the Methodist Health System medical staff trained in the da Vinci Surgical System. Call 972-4-DR-LINE to learn more about the da Vinci Surgical System at Methodist Richardson Medical Center.


While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.


Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff, including those trained in the da Vinci Surgical System, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals.

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