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Beebe’s Center for Robotic Surgery team performs robotically assisted cardiothoracic surgeries or those procedures on the lungs, esophagus, or organs of the central part of the body. Patients with lung cancer now have options in Sussex County. In the past, lung surgery was an open procedure, requiring a long recovery. Now, Beebe is able to offer a minimally invasive alternative, which shortens recovery time and gets you back to living the life you enjoy.


Charley's Story: Lung Cancer Surgery

Charley and Mary Senick retired to Long Neck after spending their careers as police officers in Philadelphia. After years of smoking, Charley successfully quit with encouragement from his daughter.

However, a few years into retirement, a CT lung scan revealed a suspicious spot and soon lung cancer was diagnosed.

Beebe's cardiothoracic surgery team with Beebe's Center for Robotic Surgery, performed robotically assisted lung surgery. Charley was headed home by lunch the next day.


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 or Segmentectomy - surgical removal of a slice or section of lung tissue
  • Lobectomy - surgical removal of a lobe or larger section of lung
  • 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.

Talk to your care team about whether you might be a candidate for robotically assisted surgery.


Additional Resources

How is Lung Cancer Diagnosed?

Learn about free Smoking Cessation counseling at Beebe.

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