A 79-year-old male former smoker presented with a T4 (>7 cm) adenocarcinoma of the right upper lobe. The patient was staged at clinical T4N0M0 and underwent robot-assisted right upper lobectomy and mediastinal lymph node dissection. The patient was discharged home on postoperative day 3. Larger tumors are a relative contraindication for video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical lobectomy. The robot platform overcomes the technical limitations of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and allows for the successful resection of large tumors.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine