When a surgeon can correct a problem while minimizing pain and trauma, the patient is likely to be satisfied. UI Health Urology uses robotics, scopes, and other technologies to correct urological problems, reduce blood loss, and minimize the patient length of stay. Some of these procedures have helped produce better outcomes and cut hospital stays in half, or enable outpatient treatment for conditions that not long ago involved hospital stays.
Robotic surgery is a well established surgical treatment for prostate cancer, more than 80% of all the prostatectomies are being performed with robotic assistance. There has also been an increased application for other urology procedures such as pyeloplasty, partial nephrectomy, and sacrocolpopexy. At UIC, very experienced robotic surgeons such as Dr. Simone Crivellaro, Dr. Michael Abern, and Dr. Daniel Moreira perform high-quality procedures guaranteeing the best possible use of this technology. Besides the clinical activity, an intensive Urology Residents training program is carried out including monthly robotic and laparoscopic workshops in the lab.
Our services involving minimally invasive surgeries include robotic prostatectomy, laparoscopic kidney stone treatment, laparoscopic and robotic kidney surgery, laparoscopic/robotic urologic oncology and reconstruction, minimally invasive techniques involving different kind of lasers to relieve symptoms related to prostate enlargement.
Simone Crivellaro, M.D., Associate Professor in Minimally Invasive Urology and the Director of Urology Robotic Training, coordinates this program.
Single Port Robot Assisted Device
UI Health is among the first 20 hospitals worldwide to have the Single Port Platform which is currently FDA approved for urology only. Simone Crivellaro, M.D., Director of Minimally Invasive Urology at UI Health and a world-recognized expert in robotic-assisted surgery, has performed more than a thousand such procedures and recently performed the first operation using the da Vinci SP.
“We will be able to reduce hospitalization rates for some surgeries from two days to overnight or same-day,” he said. “We expect pain and pain management for common procedures like prostatectomy to be cut by as much as half, expediting patients’ return to work and normal activities.”
“This system gives us the opportunity to produce benefits and outcomes for patients that are significant.” said Dr.Crivellaro