The first in the world
Under the leadership of Dr. Richard Lazzaro, the physicians at Lenox Hill Hospital, part of Northwell Health, are proud to be the first in the world to use robotic surgery to treat tracheobronchomalacia (TBM).
Tracheobronchomalacia is a weakening of the airway walls. Conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis can sometimes cause tracheobronchomalacia, which occurs when the airway walls are weakened and collapse during breathing or coughing. Treatment depends on the location and extent of the weakened airways, and most severe forms usually require surgery.
To treat this condition, mesh stenting is placed around the trachea to reinforce the airway and ease symptoms. This surgery is traditionally lengthy, but for the first time ever, our surgeons have used robotically assisted surgery to repair the airway walls with precise control of tiny instruments on thin robotic arms—a minimally invasive surgical technique that results in smaller incisions, a quicker recovery and better results.
And we don’t stop there. At Lenox Hill Hospital, our thoracic surgeons perform a wide range of procedures for conditions of the lungs and chest. And most of them—90 percent—are done with minimally invasive techniques. That means faster, better recovery, and a quicker return to doing what you love.
Learn more from our experts
We're not just the first in the world to perform robotic tracheobronchoplasty—we're leaders in thoracic surgery of all kinds. Learn more from our experts in the videos below.
A first-in-the-world procedure is changing how surgeons at Lenox Hill Hospital treat a condition that impacts the airway - tracheobronchomalacia (TBM). Previously treated through open, invasive surgery, TBM affects the trachea and bronchioles, causing a collapse in the airway that impairs breathing.
Our commitment to using the latest robotic technology for unparalleled surgical precision is matched only by our commitment to you, the patient.