Our experienced physicians perform nearly 10,000 surgeries each year. Today, a growing number of these procedures are being conducted on an outpatient basis. Surgeries that once required days of recovery are now being performed through laser and endoscopic techniques -- minimizing potential for scarring and reducing the patient's recovery time. Complicated orthopedic procedures, such as total knee and hip replacements, are also performed on a regular basis. In addition, our orthopaedic surgeons are skilled in joint replacements, spinal surgery, carpal tunnel, and sports medicine. Surgery centers at both hospitals are equipped with the latest innovations in technology -- ensuring patients in Southern Illinois have access to the most advanced treatment, while staying close to home.
We pre-register all scheduled surgical patients so the paperwork is complete, reducing any delays on the day of the surgery. Otherwise, a staff person from our surgical department will call you directly to complete the pre-registration.
Good Samaritan Regional Health Center first in Southern Illinois to offer Da Vinci Surgery
Good Samaritan Regional Health Center is the first hospital in Southern Illinois to offer the state-of-the-art robotic surgical technology to patients.
“We are excited to offer this technology at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center,” said Phil Gustafson, CEO of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan. “Acquiring this type of technology as well as the construction of the new Good Samaritan Regional Health Center shows that we truly are raising the bar for healthcare in southern Illinois.”
The robotic system, called the da Vinci Surgical System, is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. Da Vinci Surgical System seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand movements into more precise movements of the surgical instruments.
For most patients, the benefits of a da Vinci surgery is remarkable and include less pain, less blood loss, reduced need for blood transfusion and less risk of infection. Moreover, the da Vinci System can enable a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery and faster return to normal daily activities for patients. Studies also suggest that the da Vinci may help surgeons provide better clinical outcomes than conventional technologies allow - for example, a Hysterectomy using the da Vinci Surgical System may result in smaller incisions, minimal pain and a low rate of complications.
Offering this type of surgery also allows patients to stay in the region for state-of-the-art procedures that would often require the patient to travel out of state.
“Currently patients are leaving the area for this type of procedure, which means being away from their family, incurring hotel / travel cost and lost work time,” said Mike Warren, President of Good Samaritan Regional Health Center. “Now the patients we serve have the option to stay right here for state-of-the-art robotic surgery.”
· One in three women in the U.S. will have a hysterectomy before she turns 60.
Common conditions that result in hysterectomy
- endometriosis to uterine fibroids,
- heavy menstrual bleeding to cancer - can now be treated effectively without a big incision with da Vinci hysterectomy
- Requires only a few small incisions, so patients can get back to life faster
- days rather than the usual weeks required with traditional surgery.
·Da Vinci Surgery enables numerous potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Minimal blood loss and need for transfusion
- Fewer complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases
Comparing Robotic Assisted Hysterectomy to Open Abdominal Hysterectomy
- Robot - 4 dime sized incisions
- Open – 1 incision at least 8-10 inches
Average hospital stay
- Robot – 1 night
- Open 3 days
- Robot – less than two weeks
- Open – 6-8 weeks and then restricted activity
- Robot – 2%
- Open - 17%
Cleared by the FDA in 2005, surgeons have performed more than 100,000 da Vinci Hysterectomies.
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