Maximizing use of robot-arm no. 3 in da Vinci-assisted thoracic surgery

Naohiro Kajiwara, Junichi Maeda, Koichi Yoshida, Yasufumi Kato, Masaru Hagiwara, Masatoshi Kakihana, Tatsuo Ohira, Norihiko Kawate, Norihiko Ikeda

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    We have previously reported on the importance of appropriate robot-arm settings and replacement of instrument ports in robot-assisted thoracic surgery, because the thoracic cavity requires a large space to access all lesions in various areas of the thoracic cavity from the apex to the diaphragm and mediastinum and the chest wall.1-3 Moreover, it can be difficult to manipulate the da Vinci Surgical System using only arms No. 1 and No. 2 depending on the tumor location. However, arm No. 3 is usually positioned on the same side as arm No. 2, and sometimes it is only used as an assisting-arm to avoid conflict with other arms (Fig. 1). In this report, we show how robot-arm No. 3 can be used with maximum effectiveness in da Vinci-assisted thoracic surgery.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)930-933
    Number of pages4
    JournalInternational Surgery
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 1


    • Da Vinci surgical system
    • Robot arm
    • Robotic surgery

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery

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    Kajiwara, N., Maeda, J., Yoshida, K., Kato, Y., Hagiwara, M., Kakihana, M., Ohira, T., Kawate, N., & Ikeda, N. (2015). Maximizing use of robot-arm no. 3 in da Vinci-assisted thoracic surgery. International Surgery, 100(5), 930-933.