How does robotic video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery compare to VATS for treating lung cancer?


New Rochelle, NY, May 10, 2016–A new study shows that robotic video-assisted lung resection to remove a tumor achieves comparable outcomes with no significant differences in complications compared to conventional video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and robotic VATS (RVATS) may allow for preservation of more healthy lung tissue. The study, "Robotic Versus Thoracoscopic Resection for Lung Cancer: Early Results of a New Robotic Program" is published in Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques (JLAST), a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is free for download on the JLAST website until June 10, 2016.

Benedetto Mungo, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, Daniela Molena, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, and coauthors compared the outcomes of patients with lung cancer who underwent minimally invasive segmentectomy or lobectomy using either VATS or RVATS. In addition to the types and rates of complications being similar for the two techniques, the authors reported fewer conversions to an open thoracotomy and more lymph nodes retrieved for testing with RVATS vs. VATS.

"It is well-known that the approach to a specific procedure rarely makes a difference when one compares the outcomes of robotic and thoracoscopic procedures," says Editor-in-Chief P. Marco Fisichella, MD, MBA, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston VA Healthcare System, Boston, MA. "Mungo and Molena confirm this axiom in their work. Nevertheless, the robotic approach continues to gain acceptance, and rightly so. The robotic approach offers a valid and safe alternative to other minimally invasive treatments for lung cancer."


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Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques (JLAST) is the leading peer-reviewed journal and videojournal companion dedicated to innovations and advancements in minimally invasive surgery through single-incision techniques and NOTES. JLAST, the flagship, is published monthly online with open access options and in print, while its video component, Videoscopy, is published bimonthly and delivers fully peer-reviewed surgical and micro-invasive demonstrations of the latest techniques and technologies used to optimize surgical patient outcomes. JLAST is the official journal of the International Pediatric Endosurgical Group. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the JLAST website.

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Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Journal of Endourology, Journal of Gynecologic Surgery, Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care, and Surgical Infections. Its biotechnology trade magazine, GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 80 journals, books, and newsletters is available on Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

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