Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that surgeons at Rush use for a wide range of procedures. Some of these include the following:
- Prostate cancer surgery
- Colorectal cancer surgery
- Head and neck tumor surgery
- Bladder cancer surgery (cystectomy)
Using the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons make small incisions and then guide the robot’s four arms and small instruments to perform complex surgical procedures. Robotic-assisted surgery can provide you with a number of benefits over traditional surgical approaches.
How Rush uses the da Vinci robot during surgery
Robotic surgery does not mean the robot is actually performing your surgery. Instead, the system allows your surgeon to do the following:
- Maneuver with full control: Surgeons have full control over the procedure and use of the robot’s computerized interface. This provides your surgeon with enhanced maneuvering of the surgical tools through small incisions.
- Reach difficult-to-see areas: Surgeons have the ability to work within areas that are difficult to see with the naked eye. For instance, with some head and neck tumors, surgeons can use transoral robotic surgery to find and remove cancers that previously could not be found.
- Spare healthy tissue: Robotic surgery allows surgeons to leave tissues not affected by cancer untouched. This ability typically allows for a quicker return to normal functioning.
Benefits of robotic surgery
Compared to traditional open surgery, robotic-assisted surgery offers you the following:
- Decreased pain
- Lower possibility of blood transfusion
- Shorter hospital stay
- Smaller incisions and less scarring
- Quicker return to normal activity
Depending on your condition and overall health, robotic-assisted surgery is not the only — or sometimes even the best — minimally invasive option. Your doctors at Rush will discuss your options and work with you to determine the best surgical choice.
Procedures performed with robotic surgery
The following are some of the most common procedures at Rush that include the da Vinci System:
- Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
- Prostatectomy (removal of the prostate)
- Cystectomy (removal of the bladder)
- Living-donor kidney transplant
- Transoral robotic surgery (TORS)
Conditions treated with robotic surgery
Depending on your specific condition and overall health, robotic-assisted surgery is often an option for treating the following conditions:
Why choose Rush for robotic surgery
- Rush was the first hospital in Chicago to install a high-definition version of the da Vinci Surgical System. This system integrates 3D HD laparoscopy with robotic technology to digitally extend the surgeons’ eyes and hands during surgery.
- For head and neck cancers, ENT surgeons have expertise in transoral robotic surgery (TORS), which allows for significantly less scarring than open procedures. Typically, open surgeries require the splitting of bones and other structures in the mouth and throat. In contrast, with a TORS procedure, patients typically have a scar of several millimeters and no splitting of the bones.
- Rush is one of few medical centers in the Chicago area that has urologists who perform robotic cystectomy and intercorporeal urinary diversion to patients for patients with advanced bladder cancer.
- Surgeons at Rush have performed more than 1,000 robotic surgeries and are highly skilled in these procedures.