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WHAT IS ROBOTIC SURGERY?

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My name is Dr. Jennifer Etling. I am with Benrus Surgical Associates at Barnes Jewish Saint Peter's Hospital and Progress West Hospital.

 

WHAT IS YOUR SPECIALITY AND WHO DO YOU SEE?

 

I am a board certified general surgeon and I see patients with a variety of surgical problems including hernias, gallbladder issues, various kinds of cancer and skin conditions.

 

WHAT IS ROBOTIC SURGERY?

 

Robotic surgery is a three dimensional high definition surgery that allows a surgeon to perform complex procedures with increased precision, flexibility, and control.

 

HOW LONG HAS ROBOTIC SURGERY BEEN AVAILIABLE?

 

This technology has been available for several years, but is fairly new to St. Charles County. Currently at Barnes Jewish Saint Peter's Hospital, we have the only robot available in St. Charles County and it's been in use for approximately one year.

 

HOW DOES ROBOTIC SURGERY WORK?

 

Robotic Surgery works by having small instruments including a small 3D camera placed inside the patient through small incisions. The surgeon then controls these instruments using a master console. The movements of the surgeon at the console then translate into precise movements inside the patient.

 

IS ROBOTIC SURGERY BETTER THAN LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY?

 

I would say that it's not necessarily better than laparoscopic surgery. I view robotic surgery as an enhanced laparoscopic surgery that will give the surgeon more control, more flexibility, and more precision.

 

WHAT TYPES OF SURGERY IS THE ROBOT USED FOR?

 

The robot is very flexible and can be used for many different complex surgeries. These surgeries would include hernia surgery, gallbladder surgery, surgery for colon cancer or other colon problems, urologic procedures including prostate surgery, hysterectomies and various stomach surgeries. It's really a very flexible platform.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ROBOTIC SURGERY?

 

There are many benefits to robotic surgery. The main ones I would say are decreased pain because we have those small little incisions that we use. As a result less pain medicine is required for patients, and there is a faster recovery with quicker return to normal activities.

 

 

Benrus Surgical Associates

www.benrussurgical.com

 

MAIN OFFICE  636-916-7100

 

St. Peters Office

6 Jungermann Circle
Suite 205
St. Peters, MO 63376

 

O'Fallon Office

 

20 Progress Point Parkway
Suite 206
O'Fallon, MO 63368

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da Vinci Robot Surgery Now Available at Benrus Surgical

da Vinci Robot Surgery Now Available at Benrus Surgical

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Dear Patients:

We are excited to announce da Vinci robot surgery is available at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. This is the first da Vinci robot in St. Charles County. Together, we have performed over 50 procedures over the past six months. Although we have been performing laparoscopic surgery for over two decades, this newest minimally invasive approach has added additional benefits for our patients.

During a da Vinci procedure, the surgeon is 100% in control of the system, which offers high definition 3D views and our patients experience less pain. Less pain translates into less narcotic use and faster recovery. Types of patients we offer da Vinci surgery include:

Colorectal Disease

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Diagnosing Appendicitis

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Appendicitis is a common disorder. It involves infection and inflammation of the appendix,

which is a tube shape extension of the first part of the colon, the cecum.

The treatment of appendicitis is done by the removal of the diseased appendix from the body. If

the issue is not identified at the right time, it can lead to several serious complications like

perforation of the appendix itself, and more severe infections.

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Which is The Right Skin Cancer Surgery for You?

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Thanks to the many advances in skin cancer surgeries, the five-year survival rate for people who detect melanoma early is close to 98 percent. However, since not all skin cancers are the same, the type of treatment that is needed differs from person to person. It’s important that you immediately seek consultation and visit a medical professional as soon as you notice any signs of the disease. The highly skilled team at Benrus Surgical has years of experience in general surgery and specializes in treating all skin cancers including melanoma. Come visit us and we can work with you to find the best treatment to beat this disease. Some of the treatments offered include:

Excision Local anesthesia is usually used for this procedure, which consists of a surgeon using a razor or scalpel to shave or cut the growth off. The three main types of excision are:

  •   Shave Biopsy A razor-like tool is used to peel or shave off the growth from the skin.

  •   Simple Excision A scalpel is used cut off the growth and skin that surrounds it.

  •   Wide Excision This procedure is used when a wider perimeter of skin needs to be cut

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Is Breast Surgery Needed for Fibrocystic Disease?

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Finding a lump in your breast can be a scary experience. However, studies show that over half of all women will develop lumps in one or both breasts. This condition is known as fibrocystic breast disease, also known as fibrocystic breast condition and fibrocystic changes. It is most commonly found in women between 30 and 50 years old, and is not malignant (non-cancerous). Symptoms can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but there are many treatments that can help with these side-effects. The problem with diagnosing fibrocystic disease is that symptoms can vary from person to person and may require a biopsy to make sure it is not breast cancer.

What Causes Fibrocystic Disease?

Hormones produced by the ovaries can fluctuate greatly during your menstrual cycle, which leads to discomfort, increased sensitivity, and lumpy breast tissue that feel swollen and sore. Symptoms of fibrocystic disease tends to increase before you start your menstrual cycle and decreases after your period begins. You can also experience symptoms throughout the month as well. The lumps are caused by swollen breast lobules and cysts.

Symptoms of Fibrocystic Disease

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of this condition:

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Colorectal Surgery for Colon Cancer

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Research has shown that early treatment can greatly improve treatment outcomes and survival rates for colon cancer and colon disease. Yet, many Americans suffer from these diseases and never get treatment because they either don't understand its symptoms, or because they are embarrassed to see a doctor. That's why it's important to find a specialist who is experienced and knows how to deal with personal and sensitive matters such as this. The Colorectal Surgery team at Benrus Surgery Center St. Charles has been providing the community with excellent health care for over 50 years and continues to stay on the forefront of treating cancer and other diseases of the rectum, colon, and anus.

 

Symptoms of Colon Cancer

 

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What is a Ventral Hernia, and How is it Treated?

 

When tissues bulge through a weak opening in your abdomen, that’s referred to as a ventral hernia.  Any point on your abdominal wall can be a candidate for this to happen.

You are at risk of a hernia any time you lift a heavy object, but increased risk comes from pregnancy, obesity, prior hernias, abdominal surgeries, bowel injuries, and a family hernia history.  Many people are also born with a congenital defect that will cause the abdominal wall to be thin from birth.

Symptoms of a ventral hernia can take time to occur and may in fact never show.  Symptoms that do present include mild abdominal discomfort, full-on abdominal pain, skin and tissue bulging outward in the abdominal area, vomiting and nausea.

These may increase when standing or lifting heavy objects and you may see a bulging growth in the abdomen that feels painful to touch.

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What is Gallbladder Surgery

Benrus Surgical performs gallbladder surgery on patients. The gallbladder stores bile, which is a fluid in your body that helps you to digest food. If there are problems with the gallbladder, you can get hard fragments called gallstones built up in the organ that can be anywhere from the size of a grain of rice to a golf ball. These hard formations...
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What Is a Femoral Hernia

  If you see a painful lump in the inner thigh or groin area, you may have a femoral hernia. It can often be simply pushed in or disappears when lying down. Any cough or muscle strain can cause it to appear. A femoral hernia is often caused by strain on the tummy, such as straining on the toilet due to constipation, or carrying heavy weights. ...
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Colonoscopies in St. Charles

  Benrus Surgical performs Colonoscopies at our surgery centers in St. Louis, St. Charles, St. Peters, and O'Fallon. A Colonoscopy is an exam that we use to find changes or issues with the large intestine (colon) and rectum.  The colonoscope, a long, flexible tube is placed into the rectum, and a tiny video camera mounted at the tip of th...
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Ostomy Support Group Monthly Meetings

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The Ostomy Support Group is meeting on a monthly basis the third Tuesday of every month

Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital Medical Office Bldg #1

6 Jungermann Circle,  St. Peters, MO 63376

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Additional Location Expanding to Five Days A Week

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As of October 5, 2015, Benrus Surgical is expanding office hours at the Progress West location to five days a week, Monday through Friday. Schedule your appointment today by calling 636-916-7100.

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