Northside Hospital has expanded its robotic surgery program to include thoracic procedures, recently performing its first thymectomy (removal of the thymus gland). Northside is one of only two hospitals in Georgia to offer this minimally invasive technique for thoracic surgery.
Used for thoracic, urologic and gynecologic surgical procedures, computer-assisted robotics technology enables surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures, while preserving and improving the visualization techniques of open surgery. Patients benefit from smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays and recovery time, less pain and scarring, less blood loss and reduced risk of infection.
For thoracic surgery, robotic-assisted technology has had a profound impact on procedures for the lungs and esophagus. “Robotic surgery is a much less invasive alternative to traditional open thorocotomy, lobectomy and thymectomy surgeries,” said John Moore, M.D., thoracic surgeon who performed the first thymectomy at Northside. “The technology allows us to treat the patient with minimal trauma to the chest wall and ribs.”