Robotic-assisted thoracoscopic surgery: state of the art and future perspectives
With interest I read the article of Du and co-authors (1), describing their meticulous technique for robotic lung segmentectomy. Robot-assisted thoracic surgery (RATS) has come a long way, with the first robotic lung resections being reported in 2002 by Melfi et al. (2). Since then, various different approaches for lung resection have been described using the da Vinci Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA) by thoracic surgeons all over the world (3-7).