Christie Clinic Urologist Now Trained in Robotic Prostate Surgery

4/9/2012

Christie Clinic Urologist, Eric Helfer, MD, is now using the most advanced da Vinci Si robotic technology to perform delicate men’s health procedures at Provena Covenant Medical Center. This minimally-invasive approach to prostate surgery results in less risk of impotence and/or incontinence and measures recovery time in days instead of weeks.

“The da Vinci system has revolutionized prostate surgery.  Cancer control rates are equal to open surgery, with the benefit of minimally invasive surgery,” states Dr. Helfer. “This option allows patients to quickly return to their daily activities.”

This minimally-invasive procedure uses state-of-the-art technology designed to help surgical performance be the most precise prostate cancer surgery available today. For most patients, this da Vinci surgery offers numerous benefits in comparison to traditional procedures including:

  • Excellent cancer control
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Low level of pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower risk of infection and complication
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities

“Using the da Vinci surgical system allows Dr. Helfer greater vision, precision, and control when compared to other surgical options,” said Alan Gleghorn, Christie Clinic Chief Executive Officer. “Dr. Helfer’s training on the da Vinci, provides his patients with a surgery option featuring the best possible outcome.  It also helps increase our organization’s commitment to providing our community access to the latest technological advancements in surgery.”

For more information about Dr. Helfer and minimally-invasive surgical procedures with the da Vinci Surgical System, please contact the Christie Clinic Department of Urology at 217.366.1240 or visit www.christieclinic.com.