The first robotic lung resection operation done in North Carolina took place last week in Greenville, followed by a second successful surgery.
Dr. Sharon Ben-Or, a thoracic surgeon performed two cases on Wednesday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, both involving the right lung. A wedge resection is the removal of a small part of the lung, along with healthy tissue that surrounds the lung.
The first case involved a malignant lesion, while the second case dealt with a fungal infection. The hospital says both patients are doing well.
"The robot allows for 3D movement inside the lung. The instruments provide better visualizations to perform the procedure," Ben-Or said. "The minimally invasive procedure allows for more complex resections, minimizes the pain and decreases post-operative care for a quicker recovery."