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How is a lung resection performed?
Traditionally, lung resections were performed using open surgery through the chest wall, which required a large incision and lengthy recuperation.
Advances in robotic surgery technology have now made it possible to perform these procedures using minimally invasive surgery techniques. This significantly reduces the size of the incision our surgeons make, as well as reduces patients’ pain, length of hospitalization, recuperation time and risk of infection.
What’s robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery is an exciting and promising area of minimally invasive surgery. Using a high-tech robot, specially trained surgeons perform complex operations through very small surgical openings. What this means for you and your child: less pain, faster recoveries, shorter hospital stays, smaller scars and wider smiles.
In 2001, Boston Children's Hospital was the first pediatric hospital to acquire a surgical robot. Today, surgeons use the technology for many procedures and perform more pediatric robotic surgeries on more children than any other hospital in the world.
Boston Children's specialists have even worked with engineers and medical device manufacturers to develop and refine the robotic equipment specifically for use in children, and they train surgeons from around the world on its use.
Recently, Boston Children’s upgraded to the newest version of the robotic system.
The new robot is much smaller (making it easier to move around, vastly reducing set-up time) and features enhanced high-definition 3D vision and two consoles so that surgeons can collaborate during a procedure.
What are the benefits of robotic surgery for a my child’s lung resection?
What is the outlook for a child who has a lung resection?
The long-term outlook for most children who have a lung resection is excellent. In the rare case that your child needs a lung transplant, the Lung Transplant Program at Boston Children's Hospital evaluates children who are potential candidates for transplantation, and manages the care of children who have received transplanted lungs.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”