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Comparison of Early Postoperative Outcomes of Patients Undergoing Robot-Assisted and Transsternal Thymectomy

Author: Burcu Ancin, Mesut Melih Ozercan, Yigit Yilmaz, Serkan Uysal, Ulas Kumbasar, Erkan Dikmen, Mustafa Yilmaz, Riza Dogan

Category: JMSR Surgery


Objective: Robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (RATS) is a minimally invasive technique that has been used in thymectomy operations in recent years. Minimally invasive surgical techniques offer less postoperative pain, a shorter length of hospital stay, and faster recovery compared to conventional surgical techniques. In our study, we aimed to compare the outcomes of robotic and transsternal thymectomies by analyzing the operative and postoperative data of these two approaches. Methods: Twelve robotic thymectomy patients and 16 transsternal thymectomy patients who were operated on in our clinic in 2018 were included in the study. Results: There was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of operative time (p=0.231). The median chest tube duration was 1.5 [range, 1-2] days in robotic thymectomy and 2.5 [range, 1-3.75] days in transsternal thymectomy. However, there was no statistically significant difference between the two groups (p=0.082). The amount of chest tube drainage was significantly lower in the robotic thymectomy group (p=0.006). The length of hospital stay was also significantly shorter in robotic thymectomy patients (p<0.001). Conclusion: The amount of chest tube drainage was lower and the length of hospital stay was shorter in the robotic surgery compared to the transsternal approach. There was no significant difference between the two techniques in terms of operative time. Within today's minimally invasive surgical techniques, robotic thymectomy can be considered a practical, comfortable, and safe technique with better early postoperative outcomes.

Keywords: Robot-Assisted Thymectomy, Thymectomy, Transsternal Thymectomy

DOI: 10.46327/msrjg.1.000000000000199



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