The Midwest Institute of Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox recently acquired its third da Vinci robot—the XiŽ Surgical System, for advanced minimally invasive procedures. More procedures using da Vinci robotic technology are performed at Silver Cross than any other hospital or surgical center in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Controlled 100% by a surgeon at a console inside the operating room, the Xi is used for highly complex procedures requiring access to several parts of the body through the abdomen or chest, the Xi translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.
“Previously, if I needed to explore beyond the primary surgical site, I would have to reposition the patient or disconnect and reconnect the entire robot,” said Dr. R.A. Gamagami, who trains surgeons nationwide on colorectal and general surgery da Vinci techniques. “The new Xi can rotate the operating table with the patient connected to the robot, eliminating the need to disconnect and reconnect, allowing us to perform meticulous, complex surgery in a safe, even less-invasive manner.”
“The Xi’s arms are smaller, thinner and have a greater range of motion than previous versions,” adds Dr. Nahla Merhi, one of the first urogynecologists in the country to perform hysterectomies through a single small incision in the belly button.
Robotic surgery requires significantly smaller incisions than open surgery. “The potential benefits include reduced pain and scarring, minimal blood loss, lower risk of complications, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time,” said Dr. Thai Nguyen, urologist and medical director of the robotic surgery program at Silver Cross Hospital.
Patients consistently rate Silver Cross’s surgical team in the nation’s top 10% for patient satisfaction. For more information or a referral to a surgeon with The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery, visit midwestroboticsurgery.org.
For a referral to a physician on the Silver Cross Medical Staff who performs robotic surgery, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit www.silvercross.org.