Robotic Resection of Mediastinal Masses

Paul L. Linsky, MD, Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, Benjamin Wei, MD

Key Points

  • Robotic assisted resection of masses is the newest approach to dealing with the mediastinum.
  • The location of the mass by compartment, and its relationship to the carina, defines a robotic approach.
  • Understanding the anatomy surrounding the mass is key to a safe and efficient resection.
  • Multiple series, studies and meta-analyses support the safety and feasibility of the robotic method of resection of these masses.
  • Recent literature suggests advantages to the robotic approach, but further studies are needed to compare it with both thoracoscopic and open approaches.

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Last updated: October 18, 2022