Robotic & da Vinci Surgery - Milwaukee, WI - Ascension Wisconsin

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Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is a regional leader in robotic surgery. With the advances made possible by robotic surgery, our patients have all the advantages of minimally invasive surgery with robotic technology for many surgical procedures.

da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci Surgical System is a sophisticated device designed to allow skilled surgeons to perform complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the da Vinci system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand movements into precise movements of the instruments.

Using high-resolution 3D viewers, surgeons can see the target anatomy at high magnification, in brilliant color and with natural depth of field—making the procedure more accurate and improving your outcome. 

To perform a procedure, the surgeon uses the console’s master controls to maneuver four robotic arms and a high-magnification endoscopic camera. Mimicking the physician’s hand movements, the robotic instruments exceed the natural range of motion of the human hand, and motion scaling and tremor reduction further refine the surgeon’s hand movements. The result is another option for patients for a number of surgical procedures previously performed only through open incisions.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci system allows surgeons to perform complex procedures through 1-2 cm incisions. For most patients, minimally invasive procedures performed with the da Vinci system offer numerous potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced pain
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Minimal scarring
  • Fewer post-operative infections and complications

Patient Experience

Watch this video to hear patient Roger Danninger talk about his robotic prostate surgery experience at Wheaton Franciscan - Elmbrook Memorial Campus, including an explanation of robotic surgery benefits from Dr. Christopher Walsh.

Hear more patients talk about their robotic surgery experiences:

Robotic Colectomy Surgery
Robotic Hysterectomy Surgery

Our robotic surgery offerings are continually expanding. Ask your physician if robotic surgery is right for you and learn about other robotic surgical innovations available at Wheaton.

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