Dr. Emad Kandil, chief of endocrine surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine, performed the first-ever robotic thymectomy in the world, using a single incision under the armpit. He was able to use robotic thymectomy to remove the tumor from the thymus gland of Alexis Resendez (left). He removed the chest mass through a hidden incision under the armpit. Read more about Robotic Thymectomy.
Surgery is sometimes necessary as a means of treating diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Traditional surgical approaches, both open and endoscopic, require an incision to be made at the base of the neck, resulting in a visible scar and possible damage to the nearby glands and nerves.
Dr. Emad Kandil of the Tulane Thyroid Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, utilizes the latest da Vinci® Si High Definition robotic surgical system and nerve monitoring device to perform thyroid and parathyroid surgery. This is a minimally invasive surgical approach that allows for an improved field of vision and greater surgical precision, a reduced risk of injury to the surrounding nerves and glands, and leaves no incisional scar on the neck. Most patients are treated on an outpatient basis and are discharged to home shortly after completing surgery, and can return to their normal activities within several days.
Dr. Kandil is an internationally recognized endocrine and oncology surgeon who focuses on addressing the needs of patients with thyroid and parathyroid diseases. He is a specialist in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgical techniques, and has performed over 500 robotic-assisted thyroid and parathyroid surgeries, the most of any surgeon in the U.S. (Feb., 2012). As a teaching faculty member and researcher at the Tulane University School of Medicine he instructs other physicians in minimally-invasive endocrine surgery techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery.