Life and Breath: Lung Cancer Surgery (Video)

High-tech minimally invasive approaches more common

People who are diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 lung cancer often need surgery to remove the lung cancer. A lobectomy, the most common surgery performed to treat lung cancer, is the surgical removal of a large section of lung.

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Tiny video cameras mean smaller incisions

The surgery used to require a large incision and significant spreading of the ribs to access the lungs. However, newer, minimally invasive techniques such as robotic surgery and the use of tiny video cameras mean smaller incisions, a lower risk of complications and shorter average hospital stays, says thoracic surgeon Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

In this whiteboard presentation, Dr. Murthy explains how these new surgical techniques and tools allow surgeons to see what’s happening inside the chest without opening the ribs to the same degree as was needed previously.

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