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Loyola University Health System offers robotic surgery for a number of surgical procedures that would otherwise require large incisions and long recovery times.
The robot technology is one of the minimally invasive procedures offered at Loyola. It is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including breakthrough visualization, precision and control. Robotic surgery is now being used regularly by several Loyola cardiovascular surgeons, gynecologists, gynecologic oncologists, urogynecologists and urologists. In fact, Loyola is one of the first medical centers in the Chicago area to offer this minimally invasive option for women's pelvic reconstructive surgical procedures for vaginal prolapse and incontinence.
For patients, the benefits are significant and may include:
- Less scarring
- Reduced blood loss
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery time
- Smaller incisions
- Quicker return to normal activities
The robotic system works by translating your surgeon's hand movements on the robotic controls into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments that are inserted into the body.
A tiny camera is inserted through a small incision so that the surgeon can see inside the body on a three-dimensional screen. Working though tiny incisions, your surgeon controls every move of the robotic arms from a computer console. The robot's arms are fully jointed, allowing them to turn and grasp with more agility and precision than the human hand.
Although many procedures take about the same amount of time as an open-incision surgery, the recovery time is lessened because you do not have to care for a large incision.