Thoracic surgery has acquired considerable innovations in recent years. New technologies and surgical approaches radically changed the management of several thoracic diseases, from diagnosis to radical therapy. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been shown not only to be beneficial with regard to ...
Thoracic surgery has acquired considerable innovations in recent years. New technologies and surgical approaches radically changed the management of several thoracic diseases, from diagnosis to radical therapy. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been shown not only to be beneficial with regard to peri-operative outcomes, but also to be oncologically valid and appropriate. Robotic-assisted thoracic surgery (RATS) was born as an evolution of VATS, with the aim of ensuring shorter learning curves, greater precision for the surgeon, and excellent post-operative outcomes. Initial experiences have been very convincing, and recent years have seen an exponential spread of the technique, partly due to the development of new platforms. Technological evolution is continuing, seeing the development of new tools and new surgical scenarios. In addition, in the context of new medical therapies (immunotherapy, target therapy), increasingly offered in a neoadjuvant setting, RATS may offer additional advantages, with a view to precision therapy tailored to the patient. The fields of application are manifold, from sublobar anatomical resections to more advanced cases with vascular or bronchial reconstructions; in mediastinal pathology, robotic surgery has shown clear advantages in terms of precision and surgical accuracy from the very beginning.
This Research Topic in Frontiers in Surgery aims to publish contributions from distinguished authors who actively experience innovations in the field of thoracic robotic surgery and want to provide more solid scientific evidence. All researchers are invited to contribute original works and reviews.
Thoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer, Robotic-Assisted Thoracic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, New Technologies, Oncological Treatment
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