David's Robotic-Assisted Surgery
David knows the importance of staying active and eating a
balanced diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Despite his efforts of eating
healthy and exercising, he began to feel discomfort in his chest and was having
trouble swallowing. Considering himself a positive person, David was still
concerned and scheduled an appointment with his cardiologist.
However, David’s heart wasn’t causing his symptoms. An
endoscopic procedure discovered it was GERD
(gastroesophageal reflux disease) that was causing his chest pain and
Unfortunately, doctors also found out that David was
suffering from esophageal cancer. The news devastated David and his family.
They knew that surgery would be his only hope.
David wanted to find a doctor with plenty of experience.
With the help of his son, David got a referral to the
director of Thoracic Robotic Surgery at UPMC’s
Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute. Impressed with the staffs’
expertise, David underwent robotic-assisted
After having a successful surgery, David’s first step to
recovery was to get up and get moving. The expert staff at UPMC along with
David’s family played major roles in David’s road to recovery. He’s now doing
well, taking part in his normal activities and spending time with his family.
David’s story from the Esophageal and Lung Cancer Institute at UPMC