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Robotic thoracic surgery is procedure in which the surgeon makes several tiny incisions between the ribs, then inserts small robotic arms and a small camera through the incisions. During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a computer console while the camera provides a 3-D view of the lungs or chest area magnified 10 times greater than a person's normal vision.


A first-in-the-world procedure is changing how surgeons at Lenox Hill Hospital treat a condition that impacts the airway - tracheobronchomalacia (TBM). Previously treated through open, invasive surgery, TBM affects the trachea and bronchioles, causing a collapse in the airway that impairs breathing.


Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat diseases of the lungs, chest and esophagus.
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