Glennys Aguirre of Lincoln just underwent surgery at BryanLGH to remove a cancerous nodule on her lung, with a robot doing the work.
It was Nebraska's first "robot-assisted lung lobectomy" performed by
Dr. Richard Thompson.
According to Thompson, the robot offers better precision than a traditional thoracotomy, which involves an incision and cutting and spreading ribs to get to the lungs. He also says recovery time is quicker and Aguirre agrees.
The operation is not considered experimental and Aguirre says her insurance covered most of it.
This type of surgery is not for everyone, including, Thompson says, patients with large tumors.
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