Just a few years ago, Dr. Robert Cerfolio – a renowned thoracic surgeon – was one of the most vocal skeptics of robotic surgery, unwilling to believe that a computer-controlled system could offer the same level of precision as an experienced surgeon in chest operations. However, Dr. Cerfolio has now taken a 180-degree turn, becoming one of the biggest proponents of robotic surgery. In the past four years, he has performed more robotic thoracic operations using the Da Vinci Surgical System than anyone else in the world.
Dr. Cerfolio uses robotics to simplify both the diagnostic and staging process before mesothelioma surgeries, making procedures less invasive and more precise. As he told Asbestos.com, “It’s about getting the diagnosis correct and treating people with small incisions and scopes. Too many surgeons will do a thoracotomy and spread the ribs of mesothelioma patients, when they don’t need to.”
Although many prominent mesothelioma surgeons remain committed to Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) and open chest lung surgery, Dr. Cerfolio is determined to show them the virtues of the da Vinci robot – which can be used for several procedures performed on mesothelioma patients, including:
- Wedge resections
- Lung biopsies
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