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Scott & White surgeons study robot use for posterior adrenalectomy

Surgeons at Scott & White Healthcare in Texas are the first to use a minimally invasive robot-assisted procedure to remove small tumors on the adrenal glands, and do so by entering from the patient’s back. A study on the feasibility of this approach will be published in the next Journal of Endourology.

The adrenal gland produces hormones that protect the body against stress, as well as regulate salt and water balance in the body. Small tumors in the adrenal gland, which are most often benign, can cause hormone overproduction that affects other organs and makes a person sick.

Terry C. Lairmore, M.D., F.A.C.S., is director of surgical oncology at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, Texas; he is a professor of surgery at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

“Our study demonstrates the feasibility and safety of robot-assisted PRA,” says Dr. Lairmore.  “Further study and experience will be required to determine whether there are definite advantages to this new technique.”

Dr. Lairmore’s co-investigators and collaborators for the study were Dr. Samuel Snyder, Dr. Aaron Ludwig, Dr. Kristofer Wagner, Dr. Patrick Lowry, and Dr. Harry Papaconstantinou at Scott & White.

Since the first robot-assisted PRA operation was performed at Scott & White, the procedure has been performed in other centers.

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