Computer-enhanced thoracoscopic thymectomy with the Zeus telemanipulation surgical system

Marius Berman*, Alon Stamler, Bernardo Vidne, Milton Saute

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-264
Number of pages3
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2003


  • Computer-enhanced surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Thymectomy


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