Robotic Surgery Specialist

Barrington Surgeons, LTD

Surgeons located in Barrington, IL

Dr. Wool and Dr. Hoeltgen at Barrington Surgeons are among the first surgeons to perform robotic surgeries for patients from in and around Barrington, Illinois. The doctors use the state-of-the-art da Vinci® robotic surgical equipment.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

Barrington Surgeons, LTD

What Is the da Vinci Robotic® Surgery System?

Robotic surgery is an extension of laparoscopic surgery that uses the precise movements of robotic arms to perform delicate surgeries within the body. As with laparoscopic surgeries, the arms of the robot are inserted into the abdominal cavity. The arms are controlled by a surgeon at a console. The console provides both 3D and high-definition visualization, which allow the doctor to see inside the body to guide the surgery without having to open the patient’s body. The robotic instruments are wristed, which increases their range of motion, making sewing and working in narrow spaces much easier and efficient. Conventional laparoscopic instruments are not wristed. An assistant surgeon is at the patient’s bedside to aid the console surgeon.

Dr. Hoeltgen and Dr. Wool have extensive training and experience with the da Vinci Surgical System. Both doctors have been proctors training other doctors to use the technology.

What Surgeries Are Performed With the da Vinci® System?

The surgeons at Barrington Surgeons use the da Vinci® to perform a wide variety of procedures including:

  • Bariatric surgeries
  • Gastrectomies
  • Hernia repairs
  • Cholecystectomies
  • Acid reflux surgeries
  • Myotomies for swallowing disorders
  • Pancreatectomies
  • Colon Surgery

The da Vinci® can also be used for a wide variety of other surgeries on the whole body, ranging from cardiac procedures in the thoracic cavity to gynecological surgeries. The doctors at Barrington Surgeons use the robotic system to treat paraesophageal hernias, Nissen fundoplication, roux en-y gastric bypass, myotomy, and low anterior resections.

What Are the Benefits of Robotic Surgery?

Many of the benefits of robotic surgery for patients are the same as the benefits associated with laparoscopic surgeries: less trauma to the body, quicker recovery times with less pain, and less scarring. In addition, robotic surgeries offer greater precision in the delivery of the procedure itself. It offers the surgeon better visualization of the surgical field inside the body, corrections for hand movements, and greater maneuverability of the instruments. Ultimately, robotic surgeries provide a higher quality experience for the patient with less risk of infection or complications and an easier recovery. If you have questions about the da Vinci system and if it provides the best option for your surgery, contact Barrington Surgeons for more information and an appointment for a consultation.