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Hospital performs surgery with robotic assistance
Hinsdale – An Adventist Hinsdale Hospital doctor has performed the hospital’s first surgical procedure using the daVinci Surgical System for a woman with cancer of the uterus.

Dr. Sudarshan Sharma, a gynecological oncologist, performed a hysterectomy and node dissection using this groundbreaking technology on a patient in her 50s. The surgery took less than five hours on May 13 and required only six small incisions on the patient’s stomach.

“I told Dr. Sharma that I wanted to be the first patient to have this surgery,” said Deirdre Bennett, an Oak Brook resident. “I am all for technology and felt comfortable with the procedure, because I knew Dr. Sharma would be very careful. I also was impressed by the less invasive incisions, which heal faster.”

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital recently purchased the robotic device to enable surgeons to perform complicated surgical procedures in a minimally invasive manner.

“Because of this new technology, my recovery time has been greatly reduced,” Bennett said. “I am already walking around and I only need a little bit of over-the-counter pain medication.”

Sharma, a 14-year veteran of laparoscopic procedures, praised the daVinci’s unique qualities, making it a cut above other minimally invasive surgeries.

“The surgery went very well,” Sharma said. “I was impressed by the equipment. As I become more experienced, I am looking forward to treating patients who have cancer of the cervix or ovaries.”

To operate the daVinci Surgical System, the surgeon sits at a console near the patient. The robot itself holds the surgical tools and, guided by a high-power camera, the surgeon moves the robot’s four arms. The robot’s jointed “wrists,” mimics for the surgeon the feel of open surgery.

In conventional laparoscopy, the surgeon stands while he operates and uses hand-held instruments that contain long shafts and no wrists.

The daVinci’s monitoring system provides the surgeon with a clear, colored, magnified, three-dimensional view of the patient’s anatomy. By contrast, the pictures produced during traditional laparoscopic surgery contain only two-dimensions and the surgeon must look away from the patient to view these pictures.

“Using the daVinci is better than looking with your eyes,” Sharma said. “And that’s a plus during surgery.”

For Sharma’s cancer patients, the daVinci Surgical System eases the surgical process. With only a few tiny cuts, women may leave the hospital within one to two days following the surgery. Most will recover within a week.

In addition, patients who undergo surgery with the daVinci Surgical System may also experience the same benefits of other minimally invasive procedures, including less pain, blood loss and need for blood transfusion. Built-in safety features reduces potential risk to the patient deriving from human error.

By comparison, women who endure traditional hysterectomies require a large incision, experience a longer hospital stay (three to four days) and need four to six weeks to recuperate.

“Sometimes, it takes them three to six months before they feel better,” Sharma said. “This is much easier for them because it’s less traumatic.”

The daVinci’s comfort measures extend to the surgeon, too. “I never grew tired,” Sharma said. “With long surgeries, your back and neck can hurt.”

In addition to hysterectomies, the daVinci Surgical System is suitable for a variety of other surgical procedures, including cardiac, thoracic, urological, prostatectomy.