Dr. Joseph Thomas of Chicago, IL offers the innovative robotic surgery with advanced laparoscopic technology. This means they are able to treat and diagnose a wide range of problems with the use of a few small incisions, typically not more than half an inch.
With advanced laparoscopic surgery, our doctors can perform these procedures safely and efficiently. Treatments often include:
- Biopsy in which a small piece of internal tissue is removed to discover the presence and extent of a disease
- Treat a wide range of problems such as pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, and heavy menstrual periods
- Remove organs such as ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes
- Identify the underlying cause/s of infertility
- Perform tubal ligation
The Advantage of Advanced Laparoscopic
In the past, doctors used long incisions to remove excise, and repair organs. Due to the extent of incisions, patients experienced more bleeding and higher surgical trauma, which of course lead to longer recovery and high complication rate. However, advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery technologies can eliminate or reduce risks associated with open surgery. By using short incisions, the risk of infection, poor healing, and persistent bleeding can be drastically reduced. The level of post op pain and discomfort can also be reduced with laparoscopic technique, which in turn promotes shorter recovery. Another benefit of advanced laparoscopic plus robotic surgery is that results from treatment leave behind shorter scars. In addition, they may be positioned in hidden areas so that they are not visible and hardly noticeable.
Performing the Minimally Invasive Surgery
Dr. Joseph Thomas uses the Da Vinci Surgical System, an innovative technology that provides a high level of precision and great visualization throughout the surgery. Most procedures are performed with a few incisions typically not longer than ½ inch.A fiber-optic camera attached to a monitor is also used to give doctors magnified view of the internal organs throughout the procedure.The robotic hands simulate the precise hand movements of the surgeon-operator. Furthermore, they remain stationary unless the surgeon observes the procedure through the system lens. Due to the minimally invasive nature of advanced laparoscopic surgery, this is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, unlike the traditional open surgery that often requires a hospital stay.
Who Is a Candidate?
Advanced laparoscopic technique is applicable to a wide range of gynecological surgeries such as hysterectomy, sacrocolpopexy, and myomectomy. Studies have found that it is a safe and cost-effective alternative to traditional open surgery. Nonetheless, patients with certain anatomies and medical conditions may not be considered as a good candidate for this approach.