Robotic Assisted Surgery Questions and Answers

Women’s Healthcare of Illinois is excited to offer Robotic-Assisted Surgery at both of our locations. This technology also allows your doctor to perform more precise surgeries that may not otherwise be possible. For more information, call us or simply schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Evergreen Park IL, Mokena IL, Oak Lawn IL, Chicago Ridge IL, Hickory Hills IL, Bridgeview IL and Bedford Park IL.

Robotic Assisted Surgery Questions and Answers
Robotic Assisted Surgery Questions and Answers

At both locations of Women’s Healthcare of Illinois we are excited to offer da Vinci Robotic Assisted Surgery. Robotic Assisted Surgery allows for more precise and more successful surgeries to be performed in a less invasive manner than traditional surgeries. Our clinics founder, Dr. Kenneth Finkelstein is a certified da Vinci robotic surgeon as well as being one of the individuals responsible for training other surgeons in the Robotic Surgery Method nationwide. We think you will be pleased with the expertise and patient benefits associated with Robotic Assisted Surgery and we hope you consider it as an option for your care should it be right for you.

Is Robot Assisted Surgery better?

While “better” is a subjective term, especially when it comes to surgery, there are many direct patient benefits associated with Robot Assisted Surgery. Because the surgeon has considerably better visualisation of the site of the surgery through high resolution magnification and a three-dimensional view. In fact depending on the surgery required, sometimes a skin incision isn’t even required, further reducing trauma to the patients. This method also affords surgeons more precise control provided by the robotic mechanisms and allows for procedures to be performed that were previously impossible. Thus, surgeries can be less invasive, less painful, and more precise than traditional surgical methods. Several published studies of Robot Assisted Procedures have found excellent success rates, ranging from 94 to 100% and there are few differences between similar procedures performed without robotic assistance and those performed with robotic assistance.

Other major patient benefits for robotic assisted surgery include quicker recovery times, shorter hospital stays, reduced trauma, reduced scarring, and a general reduction in post-operation discomfort. Many patients have reported intense satisfaction with the procedure and would choose to use the robot assisted option again.

Does robotic surgery take longer?

Yes, one of the few disadvantages of Robot Assisted Surgery is the longer required surgical times. Many of the surgeries performed by the da Vinci system are quite delicate and for the patients to enjoy the benefits of the Robot Assisted Surgery a great deal of care is required when performing the procedure. For some complex procedures it has been reported that surgery can take up to 14 hours, or as long as 8 hours for laparoscopic surgery. While these surgical times are significant, we here at Women’s Healthcare of Illinois believe the benefits far outweigh the time commitment, and it’s something you will make up for with the recovery benefits.

Which procedures can be performed using robotic surgery?

The procedures we commonly use the da Vinci Surgical System for at Women’s Healthcare of Illinois are often gynecological or obstetric in nature. We use the system to perform removal of cancerous tissue from the cervix or uterus, use it to treat endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, fibroids, perform hysterectomies and use it to deal with excessive bleeding of any internal tissues. Robot Assisted Surgery is exceptionally effective in dealing with gynecological and obstetric problems in women and has made many routine surgeries considerably easier for patients that suffer from them.

Robot Assisted surgery is also frequently used for Coronary Artery Bypasses, Gallbladder Removal, Hip Replacement Surgery, extremely precise operations on cancer tissue and kidney removals and transplants.

Robot Assisted Surgery is USFDA Approved as safe and effective and our team stands by the patient benefits created by this state-of-the-art technology. If you require a procedure and want to take advantage of these benefits yourself feel free to book a consultation at our clinic and we will help you determine if Robotic Assisted Surgery is right for your needs.

With the da Vinci Surgical System, our doctors operate through just a few small incisions. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result, da Vinci enables our doctors to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.