Recent years have witnessed important progress in the use of minimally invasive robotic-enhanced surgical systems in cardiac and general thoracic interventions. We report the first-ever successful use of the Zeus robotic surgical system (Computer Motion, Inc, Goleta, CA) for the excision of an anterior mediastinal mass. Proper positioning of the thoracic ports for the robotic arms to permit a wide range of movement, is the key to the application of the system for intrathoracic cage operations. Other advantages of the system include three-dimensional voice controlled imaging, low-heat surgical field, and good exposure of the structures.
- Computer-enhanced surgery
- Robotic surgery