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In March 2013, Robert met Mathew Thomas, M.D., in Thoracic Surgery at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. Dr. Thomas thought Robert might be a candidate for robotic thymectomy, a minimally invasive procedure where the thymus gland is removed through three small incisions on the side of the body.
“Patients go home the day after surgery, rather than spending three to five days in the hospital,” Dr. Thomas says. “Mayo Clinic is a high-volume center for thymectomies. With our expertise, I felt confident that Robert’s recovery would be much faster with a robotic thymectomy, and we could help him get his life back.”
On Sept. 30, 2013, Robert underwent the surgery with a multidisciplinary team of ophthalmologists, neurologists, radiologists and surgeons.