(October 24, 2016, Jackson, Miss.) Antoine Keller, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at St. Dominic Hospital, recently became the first surgeon in Mississippi to perform a fully robotic pulmonary lobectomy. This procedure has shown to promote shorter hospital stays, less pain and a faster recovery for patients requiring surgical removal of cancer.

“Once diagnosed with lung cancer, many patients must first undergo surgical removal of the tumor,” Keller said. “The ability to remove part or an entire lobe of the lung robotically allows patients already facing this difficult diagnosis to experience less discomfort and have hope for faster recovery.”

During robotic lung surgery, tiny incisions are made where a camera and instruments more agile and flexible than the human hand are inserted. The surgeon controls these instruments and is able to remove the tumor with better visualization and complete precision.

“Surgeons who are skilled at robotic lung surgery now have greater accessibility to cancerous tumors in the lung,” Keller said. “The tools allow us to remove the tumor and surrounding tissue with such accuracy and exactness and this is better for our patients and provides superior surgical outcomes.”

About St. Dominic’s

St. Dominic’s is more than just a hospital. It is a family of services focused on fulfilling a mission of Christian healing to those in need. St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. is the parent company for a large group of subsidiary organizations and programs dedicated to the same mission. These include St. Dominic Hospital, the Community Health Services Clinic, St. Dominic Medical Associates (physician network), New Directions for Over 55, MEA Clinics, The Club at St. Dominic’s, the School Nurse Program, St. Dominic’s Foundation, St. Catherine’s Village and Care-A-Van.

St. Dominic Hospital is a 535-bed tertiary care hospital located in Jackson, Mississippi serving all of central Mississippi and employs approximately 3,000 employees inclusive of nurses, physicians, and skilled caregivers. The medical staff, of nearly 500 leading physicians and specialists, makes St. Dominic’s one of the most comprehensive hospitals in Mississippi. Through nearly seven decades, St. Dominic’s has remained true to its vision. We are St. Dominic’s – a Christian healing community called to provide quality, compassionate care and an Exceptional Experience Everytime.