For the first time, a lung has been transplanted using a minimally invasive technique (robotically-assisted) whilst also developing a new access route through which diseased lungs can be removed and the new lungs can be inserted. The new access route, which requires just an 8cm 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 standard option until now.
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