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The Center for Robotic Surgery - Robotic-assisted surgery

The Center for Robotic Surgery was started in 2008, here at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. The Center is directed by Leela M. Prasad, M.D. who is a pioneer in Colo-Rectal Robotic Surgery. His expertise in Colo-Rectal Robotic Surgery has made him a renowned speaker traveling around the world to share his knowledge, experience, and teachings to aspiring Robotic Surgeons.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is the first teaching hospital in Chicago’s north and northwest suburbs to acquire two da Vinci-Si Surgical System®, the most advanced Robotic Surgical System available.

Lutheran General is recognized as one of the national leaders in da Vinci robotic surgery. We have received numerous recognitions including being named an AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology*. Lutheran General is also a Best Practice Center - a designation given to hospitals that have outstanding Robotic Surgery Programs and are equipped to train hospitals looking to offer robotic surgery to their patients.

Robotic-assisted surgery helps patients recover faster

At Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, an important advancement is helping patients and surgeons achieve better outcomes: robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® system.

Compared to conventional surgery using a long incision, or even minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy, robotic-assisted surgery gives surgeons a new level of precision and control. This is especially critical in complex surgeries involving the prostate or a woman's reproductive organs.

A breakthrough in minimally invasive procedures, robotic-assisted surgery offers patients:

  • Shortened hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

Surgeons at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital are skilled in using minimally invasive state-of-the-art technology for many critical procedures, including hysterectomy and prostatectomy.

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How robotic-assisted surgery works

Robotic Surgery is a technique in which a surgeon performs surgery using a computer that remotely controls very small instruments attached to a robotic arm.  The system cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own.  The da Vinci-Si System requires every surgical maneuver to be performed with direct input from your surgeon.

The da Vinci-Si System overcomes the limitations of older minimally invasive technology that could inhibit the surgeon’s view and dexterity.  The robotic technology combines 3-D imagining and special instruments with wrist-like joints able to move in any direction.  The robotic instruments are an extension of the surgeon’s own hands, making possible the most delicate procedures through tiny incisions.  This provides the ultimate in flexibility and accuracy of movement for exceptional surgical technique. 

Because robotic-assisted surgery can help spare nerves, patients will often have better function post-surgery.  The other advantages are less blood loss, less pain and scarring, less risk of infections, faster recovery with shortened hospital stays, and faster return to normal activity.  To date, our surgeons have performed thousands of delicate procedures to treat colorectal, prostate, urological disorders, and gynecologic conditions.

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