Adrenal Gland Surgery
Robotic adrenalectomy is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional laparoscopic and open surgeries. The adrenal gland can be removed with two different approaches using the robotic system. The traditional approach requires three or four small incisions and is performed inside the abdominal cavity. The second approach, available for selected diseases, is performed through three incisions in the back, without entering the abdominal cavity. which has potential for even faster recovery and faster return of bowel function. These approaches offer of reduced pain, better cosmetic appearance, with a faster recovery compared to open surgery.
Before robotic thyroidectomy, there were two main options for thyroid surgery: conventional open surgery or endoscopic surgery. Open thyroid surgery uses a 4-6cm long incision for most patients. The surgeon would expose the entire thyroid so that they could directly see the gland and what to remove. For many years, it was the only technique available. Endoscopic surgery, a minimally invasive technique that allows the surgeon to use a small camera to see what they are working on using specific endoscopic instruments. Both procedures leave a neck scar. Robotic thyroidectomy eliminates the neck scar by accessing the thyroid gland through an incision under the arm, called an axillary approach. That incision - 5-7 cm long - is hidden, not front and center like neck scars from most thyroid surgeries. There's another very small incision - 5mm - in the chest.
Robotic thyroidectomy is the first robot-assisted surgery done in the head and neck.