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Robotic-assisted Thoracic Surgery

While surgery is generally the most effective way to treat disorders of the lungs and esophagus, traditional open surgery has a number of inherent drawbacks caused primarily by making a large incision, splitting of the breastbone and spreading the ribs to access the thoracic space. In addition to an 8 to 10" scar down the center of your chest, splitting of the breastbone leads to a lengthy recovery time of eight to twelve weeks as well as a prolonged delay before you will return to normal daily activities.

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons and patients with what may be the most effective, least invasive treatment alternative for even the most complex thoracic procedures such as lung cancer surgery or repairs to the esophagus. Benefits of da Vinci thoracic surgery include a reduced risk of infection, less blood loss and need for blood transfusions, shorter hospital stay, less pain and scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities.

Surgeons performing thoracic robotic-assisted surgery:

Percival O. Buenaventura, M.D. 
Brian Pettiford, M.D.

For more information about robotic-assisted thoracic surgery at WellSpan York Hospital or a referral to a thoracic surgeon certified in da Vinci® surgery, call the WellSpan HealthSource at (717) 851-3500 or (800) 840-5905.


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