Robot-Assisted Evacuation of Hemothorax
Media is any form of research output that is recorded and played. This is most commonly video, but can be audio or 3D representations.
Hemothorax is second only to rib fractures as the most common complication in patients with chest trauma (1). Hemothorax following valve replacement utilizing a minithoracotomy approach on the opposite side is a rare complication of minimally invasive valve replacement. Retained clot with hemothorax can be evacuated by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), but 26.5% require a second procedure, 5.4% a third procedure, and 20.4% require conversion to a thoracotomy (2). Robot-assisted control of hemorrhage and evacuation of hemothorax may be superior to VATS or thoracotomy due to improved vision and precision.
- LoCicero J III. Shield’s General Thoracic Surgery. Vol 2. 8th ed. Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer; 2018:1430-1431.
- DuBose J, Inaba K, Demetriades D, et al. Management of post-traumatic retained hemothorax: a prospective, observational, multicenter AAST study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012;72(1):11-22.