NEW LENOX – After spending 35 years working for a major electronics company, John Smith, 74, still didn’t know exactly what to expect when he came to Silver Cross Hospital for robotic surgery.
Smith was recently diagnosed with cancer in the right lower lobe of his lung.
Before coming to Silver Cross, Smith’s doctors found cancer in his left arm, and after he got a checkup, a spot was noticed on his lung. Doctors confirmed the cancer wasn’t from his arm but a new tumor likely caused from his history of smoking.
Dr. David Cziperle, thoracic surgeon with The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, used the da Vinci Robot Xi System to remove the cancerous tumor from Smith’s lung on May 15.
Unlike other lung cancer procedures, da Vinci Lobectomy is a minimally invasive option for patients with non-small cell lung cancer. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. These features enable surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.
Smith said Dr. Cziperle walked him through the procedure, which helped make him feel more at ease.
After the procedure, Smith said he had some pain but it was tolerable. While it took him about five weeks before he felt completely normal, he was able to start working in his garden just two weeks after surgery.
Today, Smith feels great and is even planning a West Coast road trip to visit his son in Sacramento, his grandson in San Diego, and his daughter in Chandler, Arizona.
For information, about robotic surgery to treat lung cancer, visit midwestroboticsurgery.org.