Cook County Health Celebrates the Launch of New Robotic Surgery Program

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Cook County Health cut the ribbon on its Intuitive da Vinci® surgical system, celebrating the health system’s new robotic surgery program. Robotic-assisted surgery allows surgeons to perform many different complex procedures with more flexibility. The process is often less invasive than traditional surgery because it is performed through smaller incisions. Cook County Health will use the da Vinci® surgical system to perform general, cardiothoracic, colorectal, head & neck, gynecological and urologic surgeries at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital. The robotic surgery program represents an $11 million investment over seven years to bring the latest surgical technology to Cook County Health. There are many benefits to robotic surgery over traditional surgical methods. Robotic surgery enables surgeons to perform complex surgeries through very small incisions, resulting in:

• Less blood loss during the procedure

• Less pain after the procedure

• Less scarring and fewer complications

• Shorter recovery time

In 2023, more than 10,000 surgeries were performed at Stroger Hospital. Cook County Health expects to perform more than 500 robotic-assisted surgeries this year, with plans to continue to grow the program year-over-year.  For more information about Cook County Health’s robotic surgery program, visit

Photo Credit: Cook County Health

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