Robotic Anterior/Posterior Mediastinal Mass Resection
The mediastinum is the cavity that separates the lungs from the rest of the chest. It contains the heart, esophagus, trachea, thymus, and aorta. The most common mediastinal masses are neurogenic tumors, usually found in the posterior mediastinum, followed by thymoma located in the anterior mediastinum.
Why Mediastinal Mass Resection?
Without removal or treatment, the cancer could spread to other areas of the body. These cancerous tumors must be removed to prevent the spread of cancer. Cancerous tumors in the mediastinum could also start to compress organs in the chest, such as the heart, lungs, or esophagus.
To remove the tumor, the doctor will make several small incisions in the chest and a camera will be inserted into one incision. The camera will allow the doctor to view the area via monitor. Through the other incisions, surgical tools will be inserted.
The doctor may insert tubes in your chest. These tubes will help to drain fluid and air from the chest cavity. The incisions will be closed with staples or stitches.
Minimally invasive robotic surgeries are designed to give doctors more manual dexterity, better viewing of the surgical area and better control. Advantages for the patient include shorter length of hospital stay, reduced pain after the surgery, and quicker recovery time.
Cardiothoracic Surgery of Savannah is the first in our region to offer robotic anterior/posterior mediastinal mass resection.