Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery


Video One: Daniel O'Hair, MD, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon, on robotic-assisted surgery for Achalasia.
Video Two: Daniel O'Hair, MD, talks about robotic-assisted surgery for Hyperhidrosis.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery to Treat Hyperhidrosis and Achalasia

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person produces excessive amounts of sweat, commonly on the face, underarms, hands or feet. The disorder affects up to 1% of the population. In its severe form, hyperhidrosis can affect the individual's ability to interact socially, maintain certain types of employment and generally interfere with day-to-day activities.

Sweat production is controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain, which sends messages to sweat glands throughout the body via the sympathetic nervous system. These nerves are located in the chest cavity, along with other important nerves that control sensations such as touch, temperature and pain.

Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS) is a robotic-assisted surgery that has proven to be an effective in treating hyperhidrosis. The ETS procedure allows the thoracic surgeon to interrupt the function of the sympathetic nerves that cause excessive sweating, while preserving function of surrounding nerves.

Achalasia is a rare disease of the esophagus that affects the ability of the lower esophageal muscle to open and allow food to pass into the stomach. Patients with this disease experience great difficulty in swallowing food and often have difficulty with liquids as well.

Robotic-assisted esophageal surgery allows the surgeon to access the lower esophageal muscle through several small incisions.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Esophageal Cancer

In the past, surgery to treat esophageal cancer sometimes involved opening up the chest and spreading the ribs in order to reach the surgical site. State-of-the-art robotic-assisted esophageal surgery provides effective results with less physical trauma to the patient.

Depending on the individual stage of cancer and the specific location, robotic-assisted surgery may be used to remove all or part of the esophagus as well as surrounding tissues. During the procedure, the surgeon will also reconstruct or create a healthy pathway to function as the new esophagus.

Experience Counts

Since initiating our robotic-assisted surgery program in 2002, Aurora Health Care physicians have collectively performed more than 4,700 robotic-assisted procedures using the daVinci Surgical System.

Additional benefits of robotic-assisted prostate surgery:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less trauma to surrounding tissue
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recoveries
  • More rapid return to everyday activities
  • Less scarring
  • Less risk of infection

To learn more about robotic-assisted surgery, see our  frequently asked questions.

If you are considering a robotic-assisted surgery, consider asking your physician the following questions:

  • What experience do you have with robotic-assisted surgery?
  • What types of robotic-assisted surgery procedures have you done?
  • How many robotic-assisted surgery procedures have you done?
  • What type of outcomes have your patients experienced?

To find out if robotic-assisted surgery may be right for you, visit Aurora’s Second Opinion Program or call 888-973-2663.