Robotic-assisted lung transplantation: First in man

Dominic Emerson, Pedro Catarino, Reinaldo Rampolla, Joanna Chikwe, Dominick Megna

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Lung transplantation remains the best option for patients with end-stage lung disease. However, this operation has historically carried significant potential morbidity. To improve near-term patient outcomes, attempts have been made to decrease invasiveness, but this is limited by the complex nature of the operation and the anatomy of the chest. To facilitate further reduction in incision size and augment our existing minimally invasive approach, we developed a novel technique utilizing the Da Vinci robotic system to implant a right lung in a 69-year-old recipient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-161
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • Lung transplant
  • Minimally invasive
  • Robotic surgery


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