MERRIAM, Kan. – On Thursday, February 11 at 6 p.m., Susan Sweat, MD, and John Strickland, MD, will perform a robotic partial nephrectomy surgery live from Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC). The surgery will feature SMMC’s newest da Vinci™ robot that allows surgeons to perform complex surgical maneuvers using one-centimeter incisions. David Emmott, MD, will moderate the Webcast, answering questions live from the audience.
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 54,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year. Since it is fairly resistant to radiation and chemotherapy, doctors oftentimes remove the kidney or kidney tumors utilizing minimally invasive techniques, such as the da Vinci surgical system.
While a partial nephrectomy involves removing a small portion of the kidney, a radical nephrectomy involves removing the entire kidney and the fatty tissue surrounding it. According to Sweat, the robotic procedure offers a number of patient advantages over traditional open surgery.
MERRIAM, Kan. – Shawnee Mission Medical Center will host its first annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Reunion, Sunday, August 9, 1-4 p.m., in the park on the east side of the hospital. Past NICU graduates and their families will enjoy visits from the neonatologists and nurses who cared for them during their stay in the NICU, many of whom developed close friendships during the families’ time in the unit. In addition, children and their families will enjoy a scrapbook table, a bounce house, games, snacks and more.
Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s Level III NICU delivers extra special care to more than 500 babies each year who are born at 28-40 weeks gestation.