March 10, 2016

Gottlieb offering advanced robotic surgical system for urology patients

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).

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH) on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, and Loyola Outpatient Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of MedicineLoyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 247-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

About Trinity Health

Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 93 hospitals, as well as 122 continuing care programs that include PACE, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of $23.4 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 131,000 colleagues, including 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services — ranked by number of visits — in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs. For more information, visit You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.