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Minimally invasive surgical options

Smaller incisions mean faster recovery

For years, minimally invasive surgery has allowed physicians to perform many types of surgical procedures through small incisions. For most patients, a minimally invasive procedure offers substantially less pain, less blood loss and a much shorter recovery.

The surgeons at Advocate Trinity Hospital are proud to bring the most minimally invasive surgical technology currently available close to home - the da Vinci® Surgical System. This new technology offers more enhanced benefits to traditional minimally invasive procedures, such as:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

Physicians Performing Robotic-Assisted Procedures:

Charles Alston, M.D.
Yvonne Collins, M.D.
Nicole Foster, M.D.
Joseph Thomas, M.D.

Aaron Berger, M.D.
Ike Oguejiofor, M.D.

How robotic-assisted surgery works

The da Vinci® Surgical System allows for a surgeon's movements to be even more precise by using "robotic hands" as extensions of his own. These robotic hands go where human hands typically cannot. Guided by the surgeon, the da Vinci® robot mimics the natural movement of the hands, wrists and fingers. While using tiny surgical tools, a surgeon can create incisions no larger than the size of a dime and perform the most delicate of procedures.

The da Vinci® Surgical System is designed with a surgeon's console from where the robotic arms are controlled with the surgeon's own hands. The instruments extending from the robotic arms then translate the surgeon's own movements to perform the procedure. The da Vinci® Surgical System has been successfully used in tens of thousands of minimally invasive procedures worldwide.

Gynecologic procedures

If your doctor recommends a surgical removal of your uterus (hysterectomy) to treat your gynecologic condition, you may be a candidate for da Vinci® surgery. A hysterectomy with da Vinci® surgery requires only a few tiny incisions. Women can benefit from a quicker recovery, less pain and less scarring when compared to a traditional hysterectomy.

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