Article Abstract

Can the robot overcome technical challenges of thoracoscopic bronchial anastomosis?

Authors: Irmina A. Elliott, Jane Yanagawa


In patients with tumors of the right upper lobe encroaching upon the orifice of the lobar bronchus, right upper lobe sleeve resection is performed to avoid highly morbid right pneumonectomy while still achieving a negative resection margin. Although video-assisted and robotic lobar resections are quite common, most surgeons still use an open approach in patients who require a sleeve resection due to the additional complexity of the bronchial anastomosis.