Doctors suspected the small tumor found in Mary White’s left kidney was cancer. But now the grandmother from Farmington, Missouri is cancer free after Washington University surgeons at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital (BJWCH) performed a partial nephrectomy with the da Vinci robot.
“I’m very happy about the outcome. I think
we were able to save over 95% of her kidney. Essentially, we were able to keep both of her kidneys,” said Dr. Bhayani.
“Dr. Bhayani seems to think that he got everything to where I won’t have to take any chemo or radiation and that it’s cured. I feel very relieved. I can’t believe how good I feel right now,” said White.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) has led the region in use of robotic surgical technology since 2007. BJWCH has been offering robotic surgery since 2010. Sam Bhayani, MD,
Washington University urologist and chief medical officer at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital (BJWCH), and his colleagues have pioneered use of the
robot for kidney cancer surgery.
Rather than a major incision in traditional open surgeries, da Vinci technology allows for small incisions which are based on the robot’s arms, two of which hold surgical instruments while a third is a camera allowing a surgeon seated at a nearby computer console to see inside the body. While the patient lies on the operating room table, the surgeon controls the arms holding surgical instruments steady inside the body.
“We are so pleased to be able to offer our community complex robotic surgery,” Dr. Bhayani says. “The technology is transforming our ability to treat patients. The future is now.”
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