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RATS Roundup: 5 Videos to Enhance Your Robotic Surgery Knowledge

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Over the past few years, CTSNet has published valuable articles and videos on robotic-assisted thoracic surgery (RATS) from surgeons around the world. RATS is an innovative and ever-expanding technique that allows for greater opportunities in thoracic surgery. Read on to explore the diverse array of applications and benefits that RATS can have.

1. Robotic Lobectomy: Review of Anatomy and Technique for RUL, RML, RLL, LUL, and LLL
By Ammara Watkins, Elliot Servais
In this popular demonstration of a variety of methods, the authors give an overview of anatomy and technical considerations for right upper, right middle, right lower, left upper, and left lower lobectomies. This video presents a valuable collection of information for surgeons looking to get started in robotic thoracic surgery.

2. Robotic Right-Sided Thymectomy With Set Up
By Joel Dunning, Ian Paul, Steven (Sasha) Stamenkovic
Setting up a machine for robotic surgery can be complicated, but this video presents a straightforward outside view of setup for a robotic thymectomy. The procedure itself is also shown, demonstrating how port placement and proper setup makes for a successful surgery.

3. Uniportal Robotic Thoracic Surgery—A Surgeon's Initial Impressions
By Joel Dunning, Benjamin Waterhouse, Clare Burdett
In this video, Joel Dunning gives his first impression of a new technique for robotic thoracic surgery utilizing methods pulled from uniportal VATS. The video is meant to stimulate discussion and help surgeons better understand this innovative method.

4. Uniportal Robotic Surgery: A Step-by-Step Guide to Setup by Diego Gonzalez Rivas
By Diego Gonzalez Rivas, Mugurel Bosinceanu, Joel Dunning
In a follow-up to Dr. Dunning’s initial observations, Dr. Gonzalez Rivas demonstrates his machine setup method for uniportal robotic surgery, including how to place the ports and how to set up the arms to eliminate possible clashing. He emphasizes that that method can be a successful approach for surgeons accustomed to either uniportal VATS or multi-portal robotic thoracic surgery. 

5. Robotic Assisted Repair of Large Iatrogenic Tracheal Laceration with ECMO Support
By João Marcelo Toscano de Brito, Oswaldo Junior, Gustavo Saliba, Guilherme Carvalho, Evelyn Nakahira, Thiago Gaudio, Andre Miotto, Marcos Samano
Finally, these authors take into account that instances of postintubation tracheal laceration have increased in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a need for increased understanding of this persistent condition. This video demonstrates the benefits of using robotic-assisted surgery to repair a tracheal laceration. In appropriate cases, this method can lead to better outcomes for patients with severe tracheal injuries.


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