Minimizing Trauma, Maximizing Return-to-Work

Saint Elizabeth Robotic Surgery Center has been performing robotic surgeries since 2007 using the da Vinci ® Si HD Surgical System. Through the use of the da Vinci, surgeons perform a wide range of surgical procedures in specialties including gynecology, urology and general surgery. For many procedures, including gynecologic, robot-assisted surgery can be the most effective, least invasive treatment option.

Dr. Greg Heidrick, OB/GYN, is one of Lincoln’s skilled gynecologic robotic-assisted surgeons, (Heidrick is featured in the above video and pictured below). He has personally completed over 500 robotic surgery cases at Saint Elizabeth. This is the most from any gynecologist in the state of Nebraska.

He uses the da Vinci for gynecological procedures such as hysterectomies, myomectomies (removal of uterine fibroids), endometriosis, prolapse, tubal reanastomosis, cancer staging and lymph node biopsies. During the minimally invasive procedures, Heidrick controls every movement of the robot while viewing a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site on a console.

Saint Elizabeth has the latest technology available, the new Single-Site™ Instrumentation, which allows for single-incision surgery. This minimizes pain and scarring for the patient and shortens their hospital stay. Dr. Heidrick says that the da Vinci surgical robotic system is the “Cadillac of surgery. It minimizes the trauma to the patient and maximizes their ability to get back to work.”

Heidrick shares that he has never had a patient spend more than one night in the hospital after a da Vinci robotic surgery and most of his patients are able to return to full function within two weeks of their surgery.

“Saint Elizabeth has a dedicated team with a great deal of experience, which allows us to perfect or fine tune our process – making us more efficient and, in turn, allowing us to provide better care,” says Heidrick.
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