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Vascular Robotic Surgery

Though it is not an incredibly common ailment, thoracic outlet syndrome can be a real pain in the neck. If your doctor has given you a diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome, you are probably familiar with the chronic pain in the neck and shoulders or tingling and numbness in the fingers that can be symptoms of this condition. These painful, distracting symptoms occur when the blood vessels or nerves in the thoracic outlet become compressed. (The thoracic outlet is the name for the space between the collarbone and first rib.)

Usually, physical therapy is used to relieve the symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome. In some cases, however, a physician may recommend surgery. Surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome is one area in which the small, precise instruments of the da Vinci Surgical System excel. Using the micro-instruments of the da Vinci robotic system, your surgeon can safely and precisely remove the compressive and cervical bands of the scalene muscle in order to relieve pressure and alleviate discomfort and numbness.

Robotic surgery is the least invasive form of surgery today. Well, the incisions that your surgeon makes with the da Vinci system are much smaller than the incisions made by traditional surgery. After surgery, your incisions heal more quickly and allow you a faster recovery time. The small size of these incisions also means that complications like blood loss, infection, and scarring are much less likely than they are with traditional surgery methods.

If your physician has recommended surgery to alleviate the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, be sure to ask if robotic vascular surgery at ProMedica Toledo Hospital or ProMedica St. Luke’s Hospital is right for you. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about vascular robotic surgery. Please call us at 419-291-4575 or email us for more information.