Central DuPage Hospital in suburban Chicago recruited Barbara Buttin, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist, earlier this year.
What made her
a catch worth having is her
robotic surgery skills.
CDH plans to develop a center of excellence for gynecologic oncology, and included in that vision is the ability to offer procedures on its da Vinci surgical robot.
"Lots of women were traveling two or three hours to see the doctors downtown [in Chicago] to have minimally invasive surgery because it isn't frequently offered out in the suburbs," Buttin
, the answer is yes, and the biggest reason is that it makes minimally invasive surgery an option for more women.
The robot gives the surgeon "the same view as you would have in open surgery, except even more detailed," Buttin
"You can zoom in so much more.
You can visualize every little blood vessel, every little nerve."
The robot appeals to physicians who don't like traditional laparoscopy because of its technical difficulty.
says that in her
field of gynecology, about 70 percent of hysterectomies are being done open.
The learning curve for a surgeon to become comfortable with robotic hysterectomy is about 20, Buttin
"Cases start out taking a lot of time for a new surgeon, but then there is an exponential improvement," she says.