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Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
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vol. 18
Thoracic surgery
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Minimally invasive thoracic surgery: robot-assisted versus video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery

Liping Zeng
Tianyu He
Jian Hu

Department of Thoracic Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Videosurgery Miniinv 2023; 18 (3): 436–444
Online publish date: 2023/06/20
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Minimally invasive techniques have been widely applied in general thoracic surgery. Compared with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), due to its theoretic superiority, robotic surgery is challenging the traditional position of VATS. With its unique advantages, including 3D vision and a high-freedom endowrist, it leads to easier lymph node dissection, more convenient blood vessel dissection, a shorter learning curve and competence for the completion of complex surgery. However, as a new surgical technology, the safety and efficacy of robotic-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (RATS) still need to be further verified. Thus, in this article, we review and summarize the application of RATS versus VATS in general thoracic surgery.

video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, robotic-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, minimally invasive, thoracic surgery

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