When medication or other treatments are not effective, surgery is often recommended to treat a thoracic (chest) condition affecting your lungs or esophagus.

Traditional surgery to access the chest cavity requires surgeons to make a long incision through the chest wall, known as thoracotomy. In some cases, the surgeon has to cut open the breastbone at the front of the ribcage, known as a sternotomy.

The da Vinci robot offers a less invasive option that can be used in a variety of procedures.

Using the most advanced technology available, the da Vinci robot provides your doctor with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. Because da Vinci surgery is performed through a few tiny incisions between the ribs, patients avoid both a large incision and the need for sternotomy.