It took nine hours of surgery to remove the tumor that spread from the kidney to the heart and a robot was used.
For the first time in the world, at Niguarda Hospital in Milan a team of urologists and cardiac surgeons operated on an 83-year-old patient combining the use of a surgical robot and a special suction tube, inserted from the bone into the heart. In this way the classic operation was avoided, dangerous for the age and condition of the woman
“Given the age and condition of the patient,” explains Aldo Bocciardi, director of the Urology unit, “we decided on a minimally invasive procedure without cutting the abdomen and without opening the sternum.” To do this we turned to the surgical robot.
The robot forceps, inserted through micro-incisions in the abdomen, were also used to remove the tumor that had reached the heart.
This was possible, however, only after cardiac surgeons, with the suction tube, had removed part of the cardiac infiltration, and then pushed the rest into the abdomen, where robotic urologists were able to connect it and remove it completely.
In several other centers around the world, Niguarda explains, the robot has been used for kidney tumors, but when the tumor reaches the heart such a method has never been used without opening the chest.