Surgeon tops 1,000 robotic procedures

Advocate South Suburban Hospital announced Monday that Dr. Erik Swenson, a general surgeon at hospital in Hazel Crest, has completed nearly 1,300 robotic surgeries.
 
  Dr. Erik Swenson has 
  completed more than 
  1,000 robotic surgeries.

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“I certainly feel a sense of accomplishment, but at the same time, I’m not winded. I could do it all over again, and I probably will,” Swenson said. “I enjoy treating patients robotically because it takes minimally invasive surgery to another level. The surgeon can see even better, up close and in 3D. The ability to dissect and suture is much better than conventional laparoscopy."

The most common cases he completes are abdominal wall and groin hernia repair, colon resections and gallbladder removal.

He has also done diaphragm hernia repairs, spleen removal, scar tissue removal and lap band removals.

“I especially enjoy performing right hemicolectomy (removal of right side of colon) and single-site gallbladder procedures for patients,” he said. “To be able to manage a gallbladder procedure with one incision is truly amazing, and there are more procedures like this coming our way.”

Swenson says robotic surgery is here to stay. 

“I like to mention to my patients that I’ve done as many robotic procedures as I have. I think they are more comfortable with their procedure when they hear that. I enjoy seeing my patients back in the office after their robotic procedures. The outcomes are great.”

Advocate South Suburban Hospital has provided high-quality, compassionate care to the residents of Hazel Crest and the surrounding community since 1971. Advocate South Suburban is part of Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit, integrated health health system in the United States.


 

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