Maximizing the benefit of minimally invasive surgery

J Surg Oncol. 2013 Oct;108(5):315-9. doi: 10.1002/jso.23398. Epub 2013 Aug 23.


Minimal invasive surgery is an excellent approach for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of thoracic disorders that previously required sternotomy or open thoracotomy. The notable benefits of minimal invasive surgery to patients include less postoperative pain, fewer operative and post-operative major complications, shortened hospital stay, faster recovery times, less scarring, less stress on the immune system, smaller incision, and for some procedures reduced operating time and reduced costs.

Keywords: MIS benefits; lung cancer; minimally invasive surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Radiosurgery
  • Robotics
  • Thoracic Surgery, Video-Assisted
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed