Medical Resources - Robotic Surgery

Beebe launched its Center for Robotic Surgery in 2018. Kurt Wehberg, MD, board certified and fellowship trained cardiothoracic surgeon joined Beebe to help develop and build the program. Dr. Wehberg has performed more than 500 robotic surgeries over the course of his career. He is the Co-Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Chief of Robotics, and Vice President of Clinical Innovation. Upon joining Beebe, Dr. Wehberg will be performing traditional and robotically assisted cardiothoracic surgery.

Joining Dr. Wehberg at the Center for Robotic Surgery are:

Dr. Katrin Arnolds (robotic GYN)
Dr. Cathleen Doane-Wilson (robotic GYN)
Dr. Michael Sofronski (robotic general and bariatric)
Dr. Erik Stancofski (robotic general)
Dr. Mudiwa Munyikwa (robotic thoracic and general)
Dr. Ramakrishna Tatineni (robotic general)

Beebe robotically assisted surgical teams use the da Vinci Xi robotic system. Intuitive Surgical, Beebe’s partner in the creation of the robotic surgery program, worked with Beebe team members to train them on the protocols and procedures.

 

Fact Sheets & Downloads

NEWBeebe's Center for Robotic Surgery Fact Sheet

Center for Robotic Surgery - Thoracic Surgery Fact Sheet

 

Thoracic Procedures at Beebe

There are different types of lung cancer procedures and depending on your type of cancer and recommendations from your care team, you might be able to have minimally invasive robotic surgery procedures including:

  • Wedge resection - surgical removal of a triangular slice of tissue or tumor
  • Lobectomy - surgical removal of a section of lung
  • Segmentectomy - removal of a tumor on an organ or gland that could include surrounding tissue
  • Pneumonectomy - surgical removal of an entire lung.

All surgery carries with it some amount of risk. With robotic surgery, patients can expect less scarring, quicker recovery time, and more precise removal of tumors. Studies have shown:

  • Patients experience less blood loss
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Patients in 86% of cases are released from the hospital sooner.

Learn more about the Center for Robotic Surgery.

 

For more information on Beebe Cardiac & Vascular Services, contact Jeff Peirce, physician relations liaison, at jpeirce@beebehealthcare.org