Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery
Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

City of Hope surgeons use minimally invasive, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and robotic surgery to diagnose and treat cancer in the chest.  We use these techniques routinely for all stages of lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and thymoma treatment.  Traditional, open techniques for surgery in the chest require a large incision as well as spreading of the ribs.  Robotic surgery allows City of Hope surgeons to perform the same operations, but with smaller incisions and without rib-spreading.  For lung cancer, over 75% of our resections are performed robotically, compared to less than 10% nationally. 
Advantages of Robotic Thoracic Surgery compared to open surgery
  • Less Pain
  • Fewer Complications
  • Faster Recovery
  • Better Quality of Life
For diagnosis and staging, City of Hope also offers endoscopic procedures, including electromagnetic-guided navigational bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and endoscopic mucosal resection.