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Video (Uniportal) /Robot Assisted Thoracic Surgery In Abu Dhabi


Over the last two decades, the role of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment has grown significantly. Thanks to scientific and medical advancements as well as numerous studies comparing the surgical outcomes of MIS, Video (Uniportal) / Robot-assisted thoracic surgery. It has been confirmed that this is an excellent approach for the treatment of various lung diseases and lung cancer at different stages.

Robot-Assisted Thoracic Surgery in Abu Dhabi is a significant advancement in thoracic surgery, providing patients with a less invasive and more seamless surgical experience with reduced recovery and pain. Our cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Taj Chowdhry possesses years of experience in these complex MIS surgeries, which need great precision and expertise.

Robot-Assisted Thoracic Surgery In Abu Dhabi

What is Robot-Assisted Thoracic Surgery?

Robotic thoracic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery used in some lung cancer procedures. Our surgeon will control the instruments on the robotic surgical system while sitting at a console next to the patient in the operating room. To begin, a small 3D high-definition camera is inserted through one of the incisions to provide a view of the inside of the chest cavity. The instruments are then inserted through the other small incisions made between the ribs.

The doctor’s hands at the console completely control the instruments during robot-assisted thoracic surgery in Abu Dhabi. Through one of the incisions, the surgeon removes lung tissue. The magnified view and wristed instruments enable the surgeon to make precise, controlled movements to remove lung tissue without opening up the chest or spreading the ribs.

Who can benefit from Robot-Assisted Thoracic Surgery?

Your care team will determine your eligibility for robotic thoracic surgery on a case-by-case basis. Patients with early-stage disease (stage 1 or 2) are generally eligible for lung cancer surgery as a first-line treatment. Lung cancer surgery is sometimes performed after another type of treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation, has been used to shrink the tumor. When considering lung surgery, look for a surgeon who is trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques. A skilled surgeon can perform surgery in a variety of ways and will explain which option is best for your specific case.

Types of Video Uniportal/Robot-Assisted Thoracic Surgery

Robotic surgery is known as robotic-assisted thoracic surgery (RATS) when it is used to treat lung cancer. This was introduced in 2002 and consists of a cart with three or four robotic arms as well as a console from which the surgeon can manipulate the arms.

Our robotic thoracic surgeon performs a variety of lung cancer procedures. It can vary depending on the tumour’s location and size:

Wedge Resection

The surgeon will remove a small wedge-shaped portion of your lung from the site of the tumor.


The surgeon will remove more tissue in this procedure than in a wedge resection but less tissue than in a lobectomy.

Robotic Lobectomy

A lobectomy involves the removal of the entire affected lobe (right upper lobe).

All the three procedures of robot-assisted thoracic surgery in Abu Dhabi described above involve removal of nearby lymph nodes around the mediastinum, followed by lung surgery (robotic lymph node dissection). This enables the surgeon to determine whether your cancer has spread beyond the lungs.

A recent study comparing the outcomes of all three types of surgery discovered that lobectomy had the highest survival rate. However, not everyone is a candidate for a lobectomy. According to some studies, doctors may recommend segmentation or wedge resection for patients with early-stage lung cancer or lung reserve. These are referred to as sub-lobar resections.

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Benefits of Robot-Assisted Thoracic Surgery In Abu Dhabi

There are several advantages to robot-assisted thoracic surgery in Abu Dhabi, which are as follows:

  • Minimum blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Brief span of hospitalization
  • Smaller surgical scars
  • Less discomfort
  • Rapid recovery
  • The surgeon is not required to cut the ribs or the breastbone.

Aside from these advantages, robotic-assisted surgery may have some advantages over VATS. A surgeon, for example, benefits from increased movement accuracy and a better view.

More research is needed, however, to determine whether such advantages can result in better outcomes for all patients. You must keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to different types of surgeries. Many factors, such as the type of lung cancer and other medical histories, can influence the response.

Dr Taj Chowdhry-
A veteran in robot-assisted thoracic surgery

Dr Taj Chowdhry is a renowned expert in robot-assisted thoracic surgery in Abu Dhabi and has helped many patients with his innovative methods. He inspires those who want to make a difference in the medical field, showing that hard work pays off and can positively impact people’s lives. His research has been invaluable in advancing current robotic technologies, and his contributions will continue to shape the future of healthcare for many years to come.

Get in touch with Dr Taj to understand your viable options for robot-assisted thoracic surgery for lung cancer treatment.