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Minimally Invasive Approaches

Formalized more than ten years ago, our minimally invasive lung surgery program offers the vast majority of our patients an enhanced surgical experience with improved outcomes and shorter hospital stays.

98% of lobectomies are performed via a minimally invasive approach.

Robotic Lobectomy

Utilizing the latest robotic model, the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System, our team offers patients in need of a lobectomy the opportunity to undergo surgery with an enhanced recovery experience. Robotic lobectomy offers patients shorter hospital stays, shorter chest tube duration, lower rates of transfusions and smaller incisions for less scarring. 

Da Vinci Xi surgical system

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and robotic approaches offer our patients surgery without the need for large incisions.

Top Tier Lobectomy Program

Shipley Cardiothoracic Center is designated a 3-star program, the highest rating possible, by the society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for their surgical treatment and postoperative care of patients undergoing lobectomy for lung cancer placing them in the top 10% in the nation. STS is the gold standard for medical specialty outcomes databases.

More than 1,500 thoracic surgeries have been performed over the last three years.

Thoracic Oncology & Early Detection

In conjunction with community partners, our lung cancer screening program has identified patients with cancer at a lower stage and has resulted in earlier treatment and improved prognosis. Cases are reviewed on a monthly basis as part of our thoracic oncology conference. Through close coordination among pulmonologists, oncologists, surgeons and our navigators, our patients can be assured they are receiving the most comprehensive evaluations possible.

Learn More About Lung Cancer Screening

Surgical Offerings

While caring for both elective and urgent patients, our team performs a wide variety of thoracic surgeries, including:

  • Lobectomy
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Segmentectomy
  • Wedge Resection
  • Lymphadectomy
  • Pericardial Window
  • Pleurodesis
  • Thymectomy
  • Pulmonary Decortication
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Biopsies of tumors, masses & pleura