Da Vinci robot-assisted system for thymectomy: experience of 55 patients in China.

The international journal of medical robotics + computer assisted surgery : MRCAS

PubMedID: 24573969

Jun Y, Hao L, Demin L, Guohua D, Hua J, Yi S. Da Vinci robot-assisted system for thymectomy: experience of 55 patients in China. Int J Med Robot. 2014;.
BACKGROUND
Da Vinci robot-assisted thymectomy has been used in the past several years in China, however, practical experience in performing this approach in China remains limited. Thus, the study aimed to evaluate the experience of da Vinci robot-assisted thymectomy in China.

METHODS
From June 2010 to December 2012, 55 patients with diseases of the thymus underwent thymectomy using the da Vinci surgical HD robotic system. The clinical data of the da Vinci robot-assisted thymectomies were compared with the data of video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomies in the same period.

RESULTS
All da Vinci robot operations were successful. This is a retrospective analysis which demonstrated that compared with video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy in the same period, the clinical outcomes of da Vinci robot-assisted thymectomy were not significantly different.

CONCLUSION
The da Vinci robot-assisted thymectomy is a safe, minimally invasive, and convenient operation, and shows promise for general thoracic surgery in China. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.