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Surgical Innovations

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is a leader in providing patients with surgical innovations that result in improved outcomes and faster recovery times. We offer the latest in innovative surgery options, including minimally invasive procedures and robotic surgery.

Find a Wheaton location offering these and other surgical innovations.

Single-Incision Gallbladder Removal

If you have severe gallbladder symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove your gallbladder. It’s an organ you can live without. Gallbladder removal is known as a cholecystectomy and it can be performed using open surgery through a large incision, minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy) or through one tiny incision made through the navel (belly button).

Surgeons at Wheaton routinely remove gallbladders through single-incision technology using Single-Site™ instrumentation for the da Vinci® robot. In this state-of-the-art surgery, patients experience virtually scarless results.

“This technology allows us to make one incision instead of four incisions, as done with typical laparoscopic procedures,” explains Dr. Manfred Chiang, Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group - Brookfield Surgical Associates. “It is an amazing advancement in the menu of options we can now offer patients. We are able to provide more precise incisions for gallbladder removal with an incision that is virtually invisible to the patient because we are entering through the patient’s navel. Overall, this advancement allows us to minimize scarring and ultimately improve the patient’s recovery time and overall outcomes.

Single Incision, Robotic Gallbladder Surgery

The surgery, using a single-site instrumentation, also takes less time to complete than traditional gallbladder procedures, giving the patient more time to recover and get back to their daily lives.

Potential benefits include:

  • Low rate of major complications
  • Low conversion rate to open surgery
  • Virtually scarless results
  • High patient satisfaction
  • Minimal pain
  • Outpatient versus inpatient procedure

Robotic Gallbladder Surgery Leaves No Scars, Alleviates Pain for Gallstone Sufferer

Melissa Gengler suffered from gallbladder attacks caused by gallstones in her bladder, which would stop bile from breaking down foods as it should. Dr. Manfred Chiang recommended robotic gallbladder surgery, and now instead of eating just small amounts of food, she's making up for lost time and is back to work, pain free.

Robotic Bariatric Surgery

The bariatric surgeons at Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbook Memorial Campus are national leaders in all types of bariatric surgeries and offer patients several options based on what is best for each individual case and needs. Our surgeons are some of the first in the area to routinely use the da Vinci® robot for gastric bypass. For some patients, robotic surgery can be the most effective form of minimally invasive bariatric surgery, using only a few small incisions to perform the weight loss procedure.

The robot gives physicians technical advantages—improved ergonomics, better visualization and more precise instrumentation—allowing them to perform the delicate and complicated surgery with agility and accuracy. Using the robot’s micro-instruments, our surgeons can meticulously navigate inside the abdomen, while protecting the surrounding tissues and intestines.

If you are interested in bariatric surgery as a weight loss option, Elmbrook Memorial offers not only outstanding surgeons but also surgical options best suited to you. Learn more about our bariatric surgery program.

Incision-less Surgery for Heartburn/GERD Relief

If you've tried everything for heartburn, there’s a new option.

Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial and Dr. Manfred Chiang are giving new hope to people with chronic heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Dr. Chiang is the first surgeon specialist in southeast Wisconsin to perform incision-less reconstructive surgery for the treatment of severe heartburn caused by gastric reflux.

This revolutionary procedure helps patients eliminate the effects of heartburn, reduce their dependency on medications, sleep without nighttime reflux and return to a diet of previously avoided foods. And, because it requires no incisions, recovery is quick.

The procedure, referred to as TIF (Transoral Incision-less Fundoplication) treats the underlying cause of GERD without incisions through a process of gently placing an endoscope tube through the mouth and throat while the patient is sedated. The surgeon then uses a specially designed device which forms and fastens tissue folds to reconstruct the anti-reflux valve at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach. In recent studies, 80% of TIF patients reported improvement in quality of life and significantly reduced or eliminated heartburn symptoms.

Early Diagnosis of Esophageal Cancer

If you have chronic acid reflux or frequent heartburn, you are at risk for a condition called Barrett’s esophagus. This condition is a change in the lining of the esophagus, the swallowing tube that carries foods and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. If left untreated, it can lead to cancer of the esophagus.

Wheaton is pleased to offer a groundbreaking outpatient treatment that identifies and destroys pre-cancerous tissue in the lining of the esophagus and prevents esophageal cancer, a very important diagnosis tool for individuals with chronic heartburn or GERD.

Robotic Prostatectomy

Wheaton urologists were some of the first in the area to use the da Vinci robot to perform robotic prostatectomies. Men who qualify for a robotically assisted prostatectomy find it is a less traumatic, minimally invasive approach for treating and removing prostate cancer. The precise movements of the robotic equipment help surgeons protect the delicate nerves that control bladder and sexual function, drastically reduce recovery time and enhance quality of life outcomes.

Robotic Hysterectomy

If you require a hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for one performed with the assistance of a da Vinci robot. A robotic hysterectomy requires only four or five small incisions in your abdomen, resulting in less tissue trauma and smaller scars than with a traditional abdominal hysterectomy.

Wheaton offers several minimally invasive options for gynecological surgeries including treatment of endometriosis, uterine fibroids and pelvic masses. With our minimally invasive surgical techniques, you'll be back to normal activities faster and with less pain and scarring compared to conventional surgery.

Anterior Muscle-Sparing Hip Replacement Surgery

For individuals facing a hip replacement, Wheaton now offers a new technique that can spare the major muscles surrounding the hip joint. The anterior approach for total hip replacement is a tissue-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery with less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility.

This technique allows the surgeon to approach from the anterior (front) of the hip where the hip joint can be exposed to direct vision. The surgeon uses one small incision at the front of the hip as opposed to the side or back. Replacement work is performed between muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones, sparing the tissue from trauma. Keeping the muscles intact may help prevent dislocations and avoid the pain of sitting on the incision site.

'Signature' Custom Fit Shoulder Replacement

In February 2014, Dr. Jonathon Printz, orthopedic surgeon with Aspen Orthopedics, performed the first custom shoulder replacement in Wisconsin using a new technology known as a 'Signature' Custom Fit shoulder replacement at Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial Campus.

Until recently, patients with painful, debilitating shoulder arthritis had limited options for repair or treatment due to lack of bony support in the shoulder area. However, with the introduction of this exciting new technology, shoulder replacements can be designed to fit each person’s specific anatomy.

The "signature shoulder" from Biomet Orthopedics, LLC, a global leader in the manufacture of orthopedic and biotechnology products, is a custom fit shoulder replacement designed by using CT scanned images to directly match a patient’s anatomy. These images are sent to the company which in turn makes a custom anatomic guide for use during the surgery. This, in conjunction with minimally invasive surgery, offers several advantages including quicker recovery time, better outcomes with a greater range of motion and preservation of more bone and ligaments.

Direct to Implant Mastectomy Surgery

For women facing a mastectomy, a direct to implant surgery combines mastectomy and breast reconstruction at the same time. This unique procedure is offered by Wheaton Francsican Medical Group physicians Jodi Brehm, MD, breast surgeon, and Michael Sweet, MD, plastic and reconstructive surgeon. For many women, it lessens emotional stress and gets them back to their normal activities more quickly and confidently.

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