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Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 Robot-Assisted Lobectomies in Central Virginia

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is proud to announce that Graham M. Bundy, M.D., with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first thoracic surgeon in central Virginia to perform 100 minimally invasive, Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies.

A lobectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung. It is used to treat multiple types of conditions, but is most often used to treat lung cancer. 

“The da Vinci robot is an excellent surgical tool that allows our team to offer a completely minimally invasive technique to treat lung cancer as well as other conditions in the chest,” said Bundy. “Ultimately, this allows our patients to recover more quickly and with less pain and blood loss than traditional open techniques. We believe this allows patients a quicker return to their usual activities, such as working and driving.”

Traditionally, a lobectomy was done during a surgery called a thoracotomy, during which the chest is opened. Due to the invasive nature of the procedure, this traditional approach results in greater blood loss, greater risk of infection and a more lengthy recovery. It is typically among one of the most painful procedures for the patient.

According to Bundy, performing a lobectomy using the da Vinci robot enables the surgeon to perform the procedure with precision and accuracy using minimally invasive incisions, resulting in less trauma and blood loss to the patient. The robotic-assisted technique also results in better surgical outcomes, decreased risk of infection, less painful recovery and a shorter hospital stay for the patient.

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About HCA Virginia
As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 13 hospitals and 30 outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $365 million in uncompensated care and pays $72 million in state and local taxes each year. HCA Virginia includes 6 imaging centers, 6 outpatient surgery centers, four freestanding emergency rooms, and 7 hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’ and Spotsylvania Regional

About Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates currently performs more cardiothoracic surgeries, including heart valve surgeries and lung surgeries, than any other practice in Central Virginia. The surgical team specializes in treating heart disease and lung disease through different types of surgery including bypass surgery, heart valve replacement or repair, atrial fibrillation surgery, aneurysm surgery, lung surgery, and minimally invasive surgery procedures. Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates is a proud affiliate of Sarah Cannon, HCA’s Cancer Institute.

To learn more about Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, visit: www.heartsurgeryva.com.  
To learn more about the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, visit