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Lung Cancer Removed with Robotic Surgery for Quick Recovery

Lung Cancer Removed with Robotic Surgery for Quick Recovery

After spending 35 years working for a major electronics company, John Smith, 74, still didn’t know exactly what to expect when he came to Silver Cross Hospital for robotic surgery.  John was recently diagnosed with cancer in the right lower lobe of his lung.

Before coming to Silver Cross, John’s doctors found cancer in his left arm, and after he got a checkup, a spot was noticed on his lung. Doctors confirmed the cancer wasn’t from his arm but a new tumor likely caused from his history of smoking. “They wanted to send me to Chicago, but I didn’t want to go that far,” said the Hazel Crest resident. “I looked around and found one of the best surgeons in this area. I feel it was the best decision I made.”

Safety in Numbers

His surgeon, Dr. David Cziperle,thoracic surgeon with The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, used the da Vinci Robot Xi® System to remove the cancerous tumor from  John’s lung on May 15, 2017. The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital is home to highly skilled and trained physicians. The Institute performs the most robotic surgical procedures in the Chicagoland area. Our vast experience means less pain and risk of complications, shorter hospital stay, and virtually scarless results.

John said Dr. Cziperle walked him through the procedure, which helped make him feel more at ease.  “He tells you all the information that you want to know like what he’s going to do and how he’s going to do it. He makes you feel good mentally as well as physically.”

Unlike other lung cancer procedures, da Vinci Lobectomy is a minimally invasive option for patients with non-small cell lung cancer. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. These features enable surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, and control.

Up and About in No Time

After the procedure, John said he had some pain but it was tolerable. While it took him about five weeks before he felt completely normal, he was able to start working in his garden just two weeks after surgery.

Today, John feels great and is even planning a West Coast road trip to visit his son in Sacramento, his grandson in San Diego, and his daughter in Chandler, Arizona.

“John is a man that cherishes life and wants to live an active lifestyle.  Having minimally invasive robotic lung surgery allowed him to reach that goal in the least amount of time possible,” said Dr. Cziperle. “Learning that you have or might have cancer is a very scary time for the patient and their family.  At Silver Cross, we strive to provide the most expeditious, state-of-the-art, customized patient care possible.”

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Lung Cancer Screening

Smoking is a major risk factor for developing lung cancer.  The U.S. Preventative Task Force recommends annual screening in adults age 55 to 77 years old who have smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years, current smoker, or have quit within the last 15 years and in relatively good health. Silver Cross now offers a quick, painless, non-invasive low dose CT scan which can detect nodules or spots on your lung which might be early indicators of lung cancer. It takes just one-minute to have a scan which can potentially save your life. Screenings are covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. To schedule an appointment at Silver Cross Hospital, call (815) 300-7076 with a physician’s order.

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