Over the last 30 years, minimally invasive surgeries have dramatically changed the way surgeons operate. Through advanced technologies, surgeons can now see inside the body using microscopic cameras and operate through tiny incisions while providing the same surgical results as traditional open surgeries……..but with less pain, less morbidity, minimal scarring and a shorter hospital stay for the patient!
Minimally Invasive / Robotic Surgery
Dr. Bradford is one of DFW’s leaders in video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and minimally invasive thoracic surgery using a robotic approach. More than half of his operations are performed using minimally invasive techniques. .
Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
A technique that involves insertion of a long, thin tube (called a thoracoscope) with a camera attached to it through a small incision, or port. The thoracoscope allows the surgeon to examine inside the chest cavity and to remove tissue using thin instruments inserted through one or two additional ports. For more extensive operations such as lung resection for cancer, an additional incision measuring about 5 centimeters is made for the removal of the lung tissue. Dr. Bradford also performs removal of esophageal cancers using minimally invasive techniques.
Robotic thoracic surgery
An approach that is performed with the use of the da Vinci Surgical System, a sophisticated robotic device that, like VATS, gives the surgeon access inside the chest cavity through tiny incisions. The surgeon controls the robot's movements from a nearby console in the operating room. The robotic system provides improved visualization (using three-dimensional technology), better access to certain areas within the chest, and improved ability to perform certain surgeries.
An expert in both minimally invasive and open surgical techniques, Dr. Bradford evaluates each patient on a case-by-case basis and chooses the best approach for each patient, taking into account many factors, such as the patient's particular condition, medical history and anatomy.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques
The benefits of minimally invasive and robotic surgery techniques include:
Dr. Bradford performs a variety of minimally invasive procedures for conditions of the heart, lung, pleura and mediastinum.
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