Lung Cancer Surgery Center
The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital performs the most thoracic robotic surgeries in the Chicago area.
Thoracic surgeons affiliated with the Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital are specially trained to treat the most common lung cancer – non-small cell lung cancer. The three types are:
Squamous Cell Carcinoma is usually found in the middle of lungs near bronchus, 25-30% of all lung cancers
Adenocarcinoma usually starts in mucus-producing glands of lung; 40% of all lung cancers
Large Cell Carcinoma grows and spreads quickly; 10-15% of all lung cancers
To treat the disease patients may have surgery,
chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination. Your doctor will discuss the side effects as well as the pros and cons of all treatments and surgery options.
During lung cancer surgery, the amount of tissue and/or lung removed will depend on the stage of the cancer. Your surgeon may perform one of the following:
Wedge Resection: The tumor and a small section of your lung (cut) are removed, along with a portion of healthy tissue.
Segmental Resection: A larger portion of your lung is removed, but not the entire lobe.
Lobectomy: The entire lobe of one lung is removed.
Pneumonectomy: The entire lung is removed.
These procedures may be done with open surgery or minimally invasive surgery.
Open Surgery is performed through a long chest incision. Your surgeon may also need to spread your ribs to reach your lung.
Thoracoscopy, also called video-assisted thoracic surgery or VATS, is one minimally invasive surgery. Doctors insert a tiny camera and surgical instruments into your chest through small incisions. The camera sends images to a video screen in the operating room to guide doctors as they operate.
da Vinci® Surgical Incision (left) vs. Open Surgical Incision
(right) Robotic Surgery
Another minimally invasive option for lung cancer patients facing lobectomy is robotically-assisted
da Vinci® Surgery. Using the for non-small cell lung cancer, surgeons make a few small incisions between your ribs, similar to a thoracoscopy. da Vinci System
da Vinci System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. These features enable surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, and control.
Compared to open or VATS,
da Vinci Lobectomy may offer the following potential benefits:
Shorter hospital stay
Shorter chest tube duration
Less or similar rate of blood loss and/or transfusions
Smaller incisions for less scarring
Low complication rate
Low conversion rate to open surgery
Talk to your doctor to decide if robotic surgery is right for you. As with any surgery, there are risks.