Where traditional open surgeries require large incisions and long recovery times, the da Vinci® Surgical system provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting surgeons hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci® System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision resulting in less pain, scarring and quicker return to normal activities. For years, Advocate Christ Medical Center has been pioneering the use of minimally invasive techniques.
Leaders in Robotic Surgery
Our surgeons participated in the research and clinical trials that secured FDA approval of the technique, and physicians in our open-heart surgery program were the first in Illinois to perform robotic mitral valve repair surgery. Surgeons in various specialties at Christ Medical Center are highly trained and have performed more robotic surgeries at our institution than many other centers in the area. This impressive experience makes Christ Medical Center one of the best facilities in the Chicagoland area for robotic surgery.
Surgeons at Advocate Christ Medical Center use this breakthrough technology to treat a number of conditions:
- Atrial Septal Defects
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Reflux Disease
- Lung and Esophageal Cancers
- Prostate, Bladder and Kidney Cancer
- Uterine Fibroids
- Uterine and Vaginal Prolapse
- Urologic Problems
How It Works
The da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System features tireless arms inserted through 1-2 centimeter incisions along with a small camera that provides three-dimensional views. The system gives surgeons greater precision, better than perfect vision and access to areas of the body not reachable with conventional techniques.
The advantages of robotic surgery for patients include:
- Less pain and scarring
- Less risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stays
- Return to normal activities within a few days
- Reduced blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Improved results over traditional surgery
What Patients Can Expect
After meeting with the surgeon to ask questions about the procedure, the patient is sedated. The physician and surgical assistants set up monitoring lines to ensure proper blood circulation and the oxygen delivery.
One physician stands next to the patient during surgery to make sure the robotic arms are positioned correctly. A second surgeon manipulates the camera and robotic arms from a nearby computer-driven console.
Family members are updated about the success of the procedure and how the patient is recovering. Most patients are able to return home the next day and can resume normal activities fairly quickly.