Center for Robotic Surgery
Beebe's Center for Robotic Surgery offers the most advanced robotically assisted procedures to give patients a better experience and get them home sooner than other methods.
Kurt Wehberg, MD, Board Certified and Fellowship Trained cardiothoracic surgeon joined Beebe in 2018 to develop and build the program for Beebe's Center for Robotic Surgery. 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. Dr. Wehberg performs both traditional and robotically assisted cardiothoracic surgery.
Beebe purchased and installed 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.
Robotically Assisted Surgical Areas of Expertise
- Cardiothoracic (Procedures of the chest and lungs)
- General Surgery and Bariatric
- Gynecologic Surgery
Benefits of Robotically Assisted Surgery
Patients who have robotic surgery heal better and have shorter hospital stays. In addition, robotic surgery technology is always improving, and in many cases, surgeons assisted by robotic surgery systems can actually perform complex surgeries better than a human can without robotic assistance. This is because robotic surgery systems like the da Vinci Xi have a full 360-degree range of motion and greater visualization, whereas humans are limited by our bone structure.
Robotic surgery is like a symphony, so each person in the room has a part to play and they all have to be excellent, says Dr. Wehberg.
All surgery carries with it some amount of risk. With robotically assisted 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.
What will your surgeon do?
During robotically assisted surgery, your surgeon will use a 3D high-definition camera for a magnified and clear view of your lungs.
The surgeon will sit at a console next to you and operate through a few small incisions using tiny instruments, including a camera.
Your surgeon will operate through the gaps between your ribs, without having to open the ribs.
Your surgeon fully controls all instruments. Every hand movement is translated by the da Vinci system in real-time to bend and rotate the instruments so the surgeon can remove the tumor.
Talk to your care team about whether you might be a candidate for robotically assisted surgery.