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Robotic Excision of Thymic Carcinoma Along With Thymectomy and Excision of Pericardium
Thymic carcinoma is a very rare disease in which cancer cells form on the thymus gland. Once the diagnosis is established, the surgical removal of the thymus (thymectomy), along with the excision of the mass, is the gold standard for treatment. Until recently, median sternotomy was the only approach. A few centers then introduced thoracoscopic excision as an alternative, which reduced the hospital stay, morbidity, and mortality significantly. In the DaVinci robotic era, this procedure has become easier, more accurate, and with better outcomes, even compared to VATS techniques. In this video, we demonstrate how easy and safe it is to perform this procedure using the DaVinci robotic system.
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