Robotic Surgery Specialist

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

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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.


Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I am coming up on my 1 year anniversary, post major surgery that without what Dr. Wool did, I wouldn't be here today"

    Michael M.
  • Yelp

    "They get 5 stars in my book ALL AROUND: receptionists, waiting room, Doctors, cleanliness & friendliness"

    Jennifer L.
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Holtgen is a great surgeon who takes the condition of his patients very seriously"

  • RateMDs

    "Dr. Holtgen is a great surgeon who takes the condition of his patients very seriously...I completely trust this surgeon"

  • RateMDs

    "Very impressed with Dr. Hoeltgen. Very professional. Felt completely safe with him. Did a great job with my very serious surgery"

  • Vitals

    "Dr. Wool and his practice were outstanding! ...I admired his positive attitude. Any concerns I had he helped put my mind at ease"

  • Vitals

    "Dr. Wool is an excellent physician and surgeon. He is very thorough and takes the right amount of time explaining everything"

  • Vitals

    "had a really great experience! very professional, very sharp and just on top of it"

Barrington Surgeons, LTD
27750 West Highway 22, Suite 130
Barrington, IL 60010
Phone: 847-380-2250
Fax: 847-381-6084
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