Regional Robotics Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital
When it comes to any aspect of healthcare, experience makes all the difference. Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers has had an established robotic surgery program for nearly a decade. Not only are the board-certified urologists and gynecologists experienced, but so is the surgical team who assist with these cases. Little Company of Mary has the da Vinci Si Surgical System, which is the most current technology available. Launched in April 2009, the da Vinci Si introduces several enabling features, including an enhanced high-definition 3D vision for superior clinical capability.
Industry leaders at the Regional Robotics Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital offer patients in Chicago’s southwest area – a minimally invasive approach, using of state-of-the-art robotic technology. The surgical robot allows surgeons to perform complex surgeries through tiny openings. The surgeon has the benefit of greater visualization and control of the instruments. The patient typically enjoys a shorter hospital stay, less blood loss, minimal scarring and an earlier return to full activities.
In 2005, our urologists championed for Little Company of Mary to purchase the da Vinci robotic surgery technology. They saw robotic surgery as the future for prostatectomies and Little Company of Mary was the only early adopter of this technology in the area. We began in 2005 with robotic surgical options for men only, but have evolved to now offer this minimally invasive technology to women too. Hysterectomies performed the surgical robotic system are offered as treatment for many gynecological conditions, including uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.
Additionally, we are among a very small group of surgeons in the United States to use fluorescence technology in robotic-assisted kidney surgery. The Regional Robotics Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital was the first non-academic hospital in Illinois to perform a groundbreaking robotic surgical procedure using a new technology called fluorescence imaging. Fluorescence imaging used in the da Vinci Si Surgical System offers real-time, image-guided identification of key anatomical landmarks using near-infrared technology.
The enhanced imaging guidance system incorporates a green-colored dye called IndoCyanine Green (ICG) and is used for identifying renal blood vessels and selectively clamping arteries during kidney-sparing surgery.
Some patients believe that they must go to a university hospital to get such an innovative treatment option, but the truth is that Little Company of Mary has brought the most advanced surgical options for urology and gynecology right to the community it serves.
Advantages of Robotic Surgery –
Compared to conventional laparoscopic surgery using a long incision, robotic surgery gives the surgeon a new level of vision, precision, dexterity, and control. This allows the patient and surgeon to acheive better surgical outcomes. This is especially critical in complex surgeries involving the prostate or a woman's reproductive organ. Robotic surgery offers patients many potential benefits over traditional surgery, including:
- Less pain and scarring than traditional surgeries
- Fewer complications
- Less blood loss
- Shorter hospital stay- patients resume normal activities within a week compared to six weeks with traditional surgery.
- Low risk of wound infection
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Higher Accuracy Rate because of the use video-assisted equipment, the surgeon has better visualization and magnification of internal organs and structure.