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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Thoracic Surgery?

Due to their extensive knowledge in modern methods of treatment, the surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital prefer to cause the least discomfort to you, the patient, by using minimally invasive procedures guaranteeing a faster recovery rate.

With the aid of a robotic platform, our dedicated specialists will provide you with the best results following this procedureincreased safety and more comfort during the surgery and after.

Diseases and cancers of the esophagus and the lung are widespread, can be deadly, and must be dealt with quickly and decisively.

Lung cancer, in fact, is the most common cause of cancer-related death in Los Angeles, the United States, and the world; when detected, treatment decisions must be made quickly to maximize the chances of a successful recovery. Depending on what kind of disease the patient has, surgery may or may not be the best option. Lung cancer causes may vary on health and work history, inhalation of toxic chemicals such as asbestos, smoking or others.

Lung cancer and disease of the esophagus are some of the more common conditions that require thoracic surgery. Generally, surgery is performed in serious cases, on serious conditions, or after medication and other treatments have proven to be ineffective.

There are many types of thoracic surgery, to treat many disorders that occur in the patient's chest area. We prefer to cause as little trauma to the patient as possible, so we use the least invasive surgical methods available that will get a good result.

In a minimally invasive procedure, instead of making a large incision, the surgeon makes a small number of tiny incisions, through which a special camera and necessary tools are inserted. The surgeon does not need to disrupt the inside of the patient’s body as much, which can lead to more comfort, less recovery, and fewer complications.

Minimally invasive surgery opens the possibility for greater patient comfort, increased safety, and better outcomes.

In robotic surgery, the biggest difference that the patient will notice is in recovery. The quick recovery is possible because the da Vinci Si surgical robot enhances the surgeon's natural steadiness and precision, resulting in incisions that are more precise than is possible with the human hand alone.

Other advantages of robotic assisted surgery are:

  • Low risk of negative side effects
  • Less scarring
  • Less pain from surgery
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay

The da Vinci® Surgical System is a new, sophisticated robotic platform specially designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer state-of-the-art minimally invasive facilities for major surgery. Robotic surgery takes minimally invasive surgery one step further. In robotic surgery the surgeon controls a set of robotic arms outfitted with the necessary instruments. The surgeon monitors the operation through the system’s scope, which transmits a high-resolution, 3D image that is the gold standard in modern surgical monitoring. The surgeon controls the system via ergonomic, sensitive, intuitive controls, and the computer governing the arms corrects for any tremor or shake. Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital surgeons have extended experience in operating with the da Vinci® Surgical System.  The key components of this system include:

  • 4 interactive robotic arms
  • A high-definition 3D vision system
  • A patient-side cart, serving as a base for the robotic scope and arm
  • An ergonomic console for the surgeon to sit at during the surgery
  • Proprietary EndoWrist® tools

We believe strongly in our expertise in thoracic surgery, and in our ability to get the best patient outcomes and satisfaction. If you live in the Los Angeles area and would like to find out more, please call us today! Our phone number is 888.600.5600 and our team is here to help.

Frequently Asked Questions About Thoracic Surgery

After this type of intervention, it is important to follow up with your doctor because he or she has to evaluate your recovery. Based on your symptoms and how well you are healing, your doctor will be able to provide you with the most appropriate guidelines for each stage of your recovery. You will see your doctor again for the first time after the surgery in 2-4 weeks.

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After thoracic surgery, your body needs to heal so you will have to take some time off work. At first, you will not be able to perform all the range of activities you used to before the surgery. During your follow-up, you will learn what new activities you can resume. Your doctor will be able to answer this question after evaluating your recovery.

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Following thoracic surgery, you should look out for certain signs that might be a sign of complications.

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