New surgical treatment offers hope to thousands
When Dr. Amir Abolhoda recently performed robot-assisted lung cancer surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center — the first procedure of its kind in Orange County — it marked the latest leap in the fast-evolving field of robotics.
The minimally invasive procedure successfully removed a cancerous lobe from the lung of a 52-year-old patient and sampled nearby lymph nodes for cancerous cells — entirely by robotic-controlled instruments. It was a high-tech extension of the surgeon’s touch.
The result was maximum precision with minimal pain, and a phenomenally quick recovery time.
“The patient was able to leave the hospital in two days,” Abolhoda said.
At City of Hope, an entire kidney was removed using the robotic da Vinci Surgical System, through a single 2.5-inch incision. The patient was home and feeling fine three days later.
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