Lung Transplant
Photo Credit: Vall d’Hebron University Hospital

A robot named Da Vinci performed the world’s first lung transplant with a new, less invasive process that’s believed to lower post-op risks; a huge milestone for surgeons!


Barcelona, Spain (03 May, 2023) — In a massive move for technology and surgeons, the two worlds collided recently and successfully navigated a lung transplant performed by a robot named Da Vinci.

Does the name ring a bell for reasons beyond the famous artists and inventor? Cape Town has its own da Vinci Xi robot which tackled a cancerous tumour in Tygerberg last year.

Across the sea, Spain’s Da Vinci tackled its own incredible surgery recently. The Vall d’Hebron University Hospital saw a double milestone moment; a robot performed the lung transplant and a new less invasive access route was created for this kind of surgery.

There, the procedure assisted a 65-year-old man—who had endured pulmonary fibrosis—in getting a new lease on his lungs and become part of history in the process.

We present a new technique in lung surgery that represents an international and global advance. We do it together with Xavier, the first patient transplanted with robotic surgery and with a new, less invasive access route that allows a faster recovery”. —Manel Calcells, the Minister of Health of Catalonia.

The hospital shared:

“A new access route has been created through which diseased lungs can be removed and the new lungs can be inserted. The new access route, which requires a mere eight-centimetre incision, was made in the lower part of the sternum, just above the diaphragm.

This means it is no longer necessary to make a large opening by separating the ribs and opening up the thorax, which was the only available option until now.”

Why is it a big sigh of relief? Well, according to Dr Albert Jauregui, the head of the Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplants Department at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, opening up the thorax for a lung transplant procedure leads to “a very delicate post-operative period.”

The advancement is believed to lower post-operative risks of infection, especially if the wound doesn’t close or heal properly.

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Someone call Busted, because this incredible move makes us question if we’re actually living in the year 3000.

Source: Vall d’Hebron University Hospital
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