Initial Experiences With Robotic Single-Site Thoracic Surgery for Mediastinal Masses

Seong Yong Park, Hyun Koo Kim, Dong Su Jang, Kook Nam Han, Dae Joon Kim

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Background: The da Vinci Single-Site platform (Intuitive Surgical, Mountain View, CA) has been applied in many fields of surgery, but use of this single-site platform in thoracic surgery has not been reported. This study reported our experiences and surgical outcomes with robotic single-site surgery in the field of thoracic surgery. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 14 patients who underwent robotic single-site thoracic surgery at 2 different institutions. Results: All 14 cases were successfully completed, without conversion to conventional multiport robotic surgery. The most frequent diagnoses were thymic cyst (n = 4) and pericardial cyst (n = 3). The median largest mass size was 4.1 cm (range, 2.0 to 6.5 cm). The median operation time was 105 minutes (range, 27 to 185 minutes). After the operation, pleural effusion occurred in 1 patient (case 7) on the side on which the operation was performed but was managed with conservative treatment. The median duration of chest tube stay was 2 days (range, 1 to 3 days), and hospital stay was 4 days (range, 3 to 11 days). The median peak pain score after the operation was 3 (range, 1 to 7). Compared with thoracoscopic single-port surgery, robotic single-site thoracic surgery showed a longer operative time and higher cost. Conclusions: This study demonstrated that robotic single-site thoracic surgery for mediastinal masses is a safe and feasible procedure. Although this study reports the initial series and the cases were relatively simple, more advanced and complex procedures could be done with the advent of new technology in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-247
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant of the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare , Republic of Korea (grant number: HI17C0654 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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