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Transforming minimally-invasive hysterectomies with the da Vinci® robotics-assisted surgery

The National Women’s Health Network reports that more than one in three women will have a hysterectomy by the age of 60. This procedure to remove the uterus, cervix, surrounding tissue, and part of the vagina as needed may be performed as an open surgery, laparoscopic surgery, or robotic-assisted surgery. 

Robotic Hysterectomy in Chicago IL area

Drs Stanley Friedell, Regina Belmonte, Julianne Morton, Whitney Dunn, Aleena Lakhanpal, Margaret Kistner, and Brandon Anhalt perform laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Friedell is also certified to perform robotic surgery using the fourth-generation da Vinci Xi® surgical system. 

How robotic-assisted surgery is transforming laparoscopic hysterectomies

At Northwestern Women’s Health Associates in Chicago, Illinois, we may recommend laparoscopic surgery as a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery. The “traditional” open approach involves a larger incision on the abdomen. This incision must be large enough for instruments to be inserted. So the surgery can be performed. 

The laparoscopic approach involves minimal small openings made in the abdomen near the belly button. Surgery is performed by using long-handled instruments and a small laparoscope (or camera) that is used to view the treatment site on a monitor.

Robotic surgery with the da Vinci Xi® involves making a few incisions – no bigger than a fingertip – to introduce the tiny instruments used to complete treatment. Dr. Friedell then guides these instruments precisely from a special console near the patient in the operating room. The system is also equipped with a camera that delivers 3-dimensional, high-definition views of the treatment site. 

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These views are magnified to 10 times what the human eye is capable of seeing. The “robots” don’t perform the treatment; Dr. Friedell guides the tools. The instruments translate his hand movements in real-time, which move like a human hand. However, this instrumentation is not limited like our human eyes or range of motion. The instruments have a greater range of motion and a heightened capacity to bend and rotate smoothly, which complements the highly-magnified, crystal-clear views of the site. Together, these distinctive features support the precise, safe, and optimal treatment. 

Robotic-assisted hysterectomy is a great option for some patients. In part, researchers in a review of published studies on the da Vinci’s benefits found that compared to open surgery:

  • Patients had shorter hospital stays and less pain
  • Surgeons were less likely to switch to the open procedure when performing treatment with the da Vinci® versus the laparoscope
  • Patients had fewer incisions and, in turn, minimal scarring afterward

Contact Northwestern Women’s Health Associates today!

Hysterectomy may generally be indicated for abnormal or heavy periods, chronic pelvic pain, prolapse, endometriosis, fibroids, and both cancerous and benign tumors. Do not ignore any concerning changes or potential symptoms. Call 312-440-9400 to speak with a member of our Northwestern Women’s Health Associates team to schedule a consultation

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Making use of advanced technology and staying on the cutting edge of women’s healthcare, our team of experts is dedicated to providing every woman who visits our office with the highest level of sensitive, specialized care. At our office in Chicago, you can receive exceptional obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) services from any one of our highly skilled doctors, including Stanley Friedell, MD; Abbie Roth, MD; Regina Belmonte, MD; Sharon Wise, MD; Julianne Morton, MD; Whitney Dunn, MD; Aleena Lakhanpal, MD ; and Margaret Kistner, MD. With their combined expertise, this team of board-certified doctors at Northwestern Women's Health Associates makes it possible for you to receive efficient, personalized care from the preeminent women’s hospital in the Midwest.

Success Stories

  • 5 Star Review
    "Wonderful experience with Dr. Julianne Morton @ NW Women's Associates. I've recommended her to countless girlfriends. Being a first time mom, I went through many physical symptoms and emotions that accompany pregnancy. She is extremely thorough, patient, and has wonderful bedside manner. I felt confident going into delivery with Dr. Morton taking the lead with my delivery. Wonderful practice!"

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    "Dr. Morton is absolutely amazing. She cared for me throughout my first pregnancy and we found her to be kind and caring and straightforward - could not have asked for a better experience! Dr. Dunn ended up being on call during my delivery and she was great as well. I have always found the nurses and office staff to be friendly and on top of things - very happy with the practice!"

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    "I had to have a laproscopic hysterectomy done by Dr. Friedell and all went fabulously! They were very detailed in pre-op which made a lot of difference. I came out of surgery feeling great and post op I was back to work within two weeks. Everyone at the practice, at the hospital, at pre-op were incredible."

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    "Dr.Julianne Morton is amazing! I was recommended by a friend when I moved to the Chicago area and was looking for an OB-GYN. I have seen her for two years in Chicago for my yearly exam. She is beyond kind and great at what she does. Dr.Morton makes you feel very comfortable and is such an incredible doctor! I have recommended her to all of my friends as well who need a new gyno/OB-GYN."

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    "Dr. Morton is a really great doctor. She has an incredible bedside manner and makes you feel comfortable. She makes sure to ask if you have any questions and will happily answer all of them with you. Would highly recommend!"

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    "Dr. Friedell is amazing! He helped delivered my first baby and the whole process was super smooth and stress free. All the staff in the office are super friendly too. Highly recommend!"

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    "Dr Freidell is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and really cares about his patients. He is very good at getting to the root of the problem, especially with overlapping symptoms. He guided me through all my options and their implications. I will highly recommend him and his team."

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    "I love Dr. Belmonte. I have been going to her since 2006! She rocks!!! She is straight to the point, I love that about her. When I leave her office after seeing her I always feel great, like a just left a good friends house or something!"
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    "I can not tell you how wonderful my experiences have been. Dr. Sharon Wise is my doctor and she is fantastic. She is straightforward and honest about treatments and procedures. I enjoy her sense of humor, and I found her bedside manner when delivering my son to be excellent. "

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