Robotic surgery advances local patient care

By Alyssa Donovan

June 15, 2013 Updated Jun 17, 2013 at 12:42 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- The future of surgery in the Heart of Illinois is changing, thanks to robots.

A conference was held Saturday at the Jump Trading Simulation Center in Peoria.

Area medical professionals learned about the benefits of minimally invasive surgery and the use of robots in the operating room.

Dr. Salvatore LoCoco, Course Director and Chair of OB/GYN at U of I College of Medicine at Peoria, says robotically-assisted surgeries are the way of the future and it's important to share this knowledge with the community and those in the medical field.

Dr. LoCoco says this type of surgery has been very beneficial to patients. He said, "Patient morbidity has really decreased. Patients are out of the hospital usually within 24 hours. Infection rate is far less. Blood clots to their legs or their lungs or their thrombus. Embolism rates are much lower. We're having improved outcomes. We'll just have to demonstrate that in literature."

Dr. LoCoco says the medical staff is very proud of what has been accomplished with this program.

Locally, doctors at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center have performed more than 3,000 robotic surgeries over the last 4 years.

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