Myasthenia Gravis comes from the Greek and Latin words meaning "grave muscular weakness." The most common form of myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups.
Common symptoms can include:
- A drooping eyelid
- Blurred or double vision
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
- Weakness in the arms and legs
- Chronic muscle fatigue
- Difficulty breathing
Thymectomy as a Treatment for Myasthenia Gravis
Roughly 10 percent of patients with myasthenia gravis have a thymoma, a tumor on the thymus gland. Some of these slow-growing tumors may be cancerous although most are benign.
The thymus gland is part of the body's immune system and plays its largest role early in a person's development. The thymus is located in the front part of the chest just behind the breast bone and in front of the heart.
The treatment goals of thymectomy include reducing patient weakness, reducing the use of medications, and achieving permanent remission of the disease. Thymectomy is considered a means of helping patients improve their condition in the long term.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
Robotic thymectomy is a minimally invasive surgery with advantages that may include shorter length of hospital stay, quicker recovery, and less pain.
Cardiothoracic Surgery of Savannah is the first in our region to offer robotic thymectomy.