Spleen Removal Surgery (Splenectomy)
Dr. Cheryl Olson of Surgical Associates in La Jolla performs a robotic splenectomy at Scripps Memorial Hospital San Diego. She is using the Da Vinci Xi robot.
In practice, Dr. Olson has a special interest in treating patients with benign and malignant diseases with the most advanced minimally invasive techniques. This includes laparoscopic procedures for cholecystectomy, hernia repair, and removal of portions of the colon. She also has expertise in use of the robotic surgery system for the more complex surgical procedures. Dr. Olson is the first general surgeon at Scripps to become skilled in the use of the robotic surgical system and uses it regularly to perform complex colon resections, hiatal hernia repair and adrenalectomy. In 2012 she was the first surgeon at any Scripps hospital to perform a robotic single incision cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal).
Dr. Olson’s expertise and care of cancer patients also includes state-of-the-art procedures for treating breast cancer including ultrasound guided biopsy, breast conservation and the use of accelerated partial breast radiation catheters. All care she provides is highly specialized and tailored to the unique needs of the patient, which may include nipple and areolar sparing mastectomy followed by immediate reconstruction which are coordinated with an experienced plastic surgeon.