Application of the da Vinci in thoracic surgery
The da Vinci Surgical System is an advanced minimally invasive surgical technique that has been widely applied in many fields of surgery. It was adopted relatively late in China, and its use in thoracic surgery is still growing. In this paper, we summarized its present applications in thoracic surgery. We also objectively evaluated its advantages and disadvantages in comparison with traditional open chest surgery and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). We believe that this technology has the potential to markedly change general thoracic surgery.