ATLANTA, Ga. (February 17, 2011)—Piedmont Hospital’s robotics program has once again raised the bar with robotic surgery techniques. On January 24, 2011, thoracic surgeon Saeid Khansarinia, M.D., and the thoracic robotic team at the Piedmont Heart Institute, performed the first lobectomy at the hospital using daVinci robotic technology. Fifty-eight-year-old Norman Smith of Conley, Ga., was recently diagnosed with a cancerous lung mass. An aggressive measure of removing part of his right lower lung was necessary to stop the spread of the disease.
“While robotic procedures are now commonplace for many kinds of cancer treatments, the use of this technology in thoracic surgery is very new,” Dr. Khansarinia said. “With the robot, I am able to manage the surgery with better precision. The 3D camera gives me a much better view of the chest cavity and the robotic arms give me the ability to perform delicate movements that would be very difficult with my bare hands.”
The da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to perform surgery through dime-sized incisions rather than the 6-12 inch incisions common in traditional surgery. The surgeons operate by manipulating the robot’s four arms and viewing the procedure through a high-resolution 3D camera inside the patient.
For Georgians with lung cancer, robotic surgery options help make dealing with this disease a little more bearable. Using traditional methods to remove portions of cancerous lung tissue, surgeons must cut between the ribs in order to access the lung. This leaves patients with a large incision on the side of the chest and a long and painful recovery. Using the da Vinci robotic system, Dr. Khansarinia was able to remove the tumor from Mr. Smith’s right lower lobe without the need for large incisions or spreading of the ribs.
“When the physicians at Piedmont Hospital first explained to me what was involved in this surgery, they said I should expect to remain in the hospital for six to seven days,” Smith said. “However, we were all surprised at how quickly I recovered from the robotic procedure and I was able to go home to be with my family in only four days. Considering what I’ve been through, I think I’m doing quite well.”
Following the success of Smith’s case, Dr. Khansarinia has now performed over a dozen thoracic procedures and four lobectomies using robotic technology.
According to Lung Cancer Alliance-Georgia, lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death among men and women in Georgia. This year alone, 6,250 Georgians will be diagnosed and 4,620 will die from the disease. That is 30 percent of all cancer deaths in the state.
Specializing in thoracic surgery, Dr. Khansarinia is a graduate of St. Louis University and completed his residency at the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is board-certified in both general and thoracic surgery.
Dr. Khansarinia is now seeing patients in the Piedmont Heart Institute location at 95 Collier Road in Atlanta, Ga., and accepts most major insurance plans. To schedule an appointment, call 404-603-9100.