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da Vinci® Cardiothoracic Surgery  

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (Bypass surgery)

Lancaster General Hospital recently became the only hospital in the county that offers robotic-assisted minimally invasive heart bypass surgery. Jeffrey Cope, MD, of LG Health Physicians Cardiothoracic Surgery, performed the first coronary artery bypass graft in November 2010.

Traditional bypass surgery involves the cutting of the breast bone, which can lead to post-operative bleeding. Some 25 to 50% of patients may also require a blood transfusion. Typically, patients are in the hospital five to six days following surgery with a recovery time of four to six weeks.

With da Vinci CABG surgery, patients can go home in as little to two to three days and recovery is reduced to about two to four weeks. The incision consists of a few tiny punctures. In addition, the patient is not on a heart-lung machine and therefore risk of complications is much lower.

Cardiac Hybrid Revascularization

In addition to CABG, LG Health now offers hybrid revascularization, a procedure that combines open-heart surgery with the placement of a stent to open up blocked vessels in the heart. First, the surgeon performs a bypass to the vessel in front of the heart. Later, the patient returns to receive a stent in the vessel in the back of the heart. (This vessel is not easily reached with robotic-assisted surgery.)



Lobectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat lung cancer. It involves removal of up to one-half of the lung. Traditionally, this procedure involved large incisions on the side and the back. Robotically-assisted lobectomy allows the surgeon to reduce the spreading of the ribs, use much smaller incisions with less post-operative pain and a reduced hospital stay. It is available for select patients who meet the clinical criteria.

Lung Biospy

Lung biopsies are performed to determine the presence of cancer in a nodule or to determine the stage and type of lung cancer. This procedure was previously done thorascopically with a camera. The use of the da Vinci Surgical System allows for a smaller incision and therefore less trauma and pain. Learn more about lung biposies here.


This procedure removes the thymus and is used to treat anterior medistinal masses and myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease. Traditional thymectomy used a transsternal approach, or cutting of the breast bone. With the use of the da Vinci Surgical System, the thoracic surgeon is now able to use three small incisions, resulting in less pain and trauma and a quicker recovery period.

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