MAYWOOD, Ill. – Gottlieb Memorial Hospital’s new state-of-the-art robotic surgical system provides urology patients with less-invasive surgeries that result in smaller incisions, less pain and faster recoveries.
Surgeons at Gottlieb are using the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System to treat such conditions as urinary blockages and prostate, kidney and bladder cancers. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital is a member of Loyola University Health System. The first successful procedures were conducted in February.
The public is invited to see the robotic system on Monday, April 25, when it will be on display in Gottlieb’s main lobby from 3 to 5 pm.
“We are pleased to offer our patients the most advanced surgical robotic system on the market,” said Gottlieb President Lori Price. “This is a great example of how Gottlieb Memorial Hospital provides the benefits of advanced academic medicine along with the convenience of a community hospital.”
The robotic system allows surgeons to operate through a few small incisions. Movements by the surgeon's hand or wrist are translated into highly precise movements of the surgical instruments. The surgeon is completely in charge, and the robot makes no decisions on its own. Every maneuver is directed by the surgeon, in real time, as the surgeon views a magnified, 3D, high-definition image of the surgical site.
“Studies have found that surgeries performed with the robotic system result in shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, fewer complications, less use of pain medications and faster recoveries,” said Marcus Quek, MD, the Robert C. Flanigan, MD, Professor in Urology.
In addition to Dr. Quek, Gottlieb’s surgical urology team includes, Ahmer Farooq, DO; Laurie Bachrach, MD; Alex Gorbonos, MD and Gopal Gupta, MD.
Urology procedures performed with the robotic surgical system include prostatectomy (for prostate cancer), nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy (for kidney disease and kidney cancer), cystectomy (for bladder cancer), pyeloplasty (for urinary obstruction) ureteral reimplantation, (to repair tubes that connect the bladder to the kidneys), nephroureterectomy (for cancer of the upper urinary tract) and lymphadenectomy (lymph node removal).