Green Bay, Wis. – HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay is pleased to announce it is the first in Wisconsin to offer the ExcelciusGPS™ – one of the most advanced robotic surgery technologies available in the world today for back and neck surgery.
"This is a very exciting time as we continue to advance our technologies to provide surgeries that lead to improved outcomes, faster recovery, and improved quality of life,” said Dr. Hoon Choi, neurosurgeon at Prevea Health. He completed the first surgery utilizing the ExcelciusGPS at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital on Feb. 5, 2018.
The ExcelciusGPS is specifically designed for minimally-invasive and complex spinal fusion in the back and neck. Patients in need of spinal fusions include those who have experienced traumatic injuries, or suffer from deformities, herniated disks or disorders such as spondylolisthesis. These conditions can result in two or more vertebrae on a person’s spine to stop moving properly, causing significant and chronic pain. “Fusing” the vertebrae together with bone, or bone-like material, is a way to correct the problem.
During a spinal fusion procedure, the ExcelciusGPS is positioned next to the surgeon in the operating room to provide real-time, 3D imaging of the patient’s anatomy. It is also equipped with a robotic arm to pinpoint the exact position in which the spinal fusion must be completed. The robot and surgeon work together – the surgeon operating the instruments and the robot guiding the direction, depth and angle of the surgeon’s hands.
“Having the ExcelciusGPS in the operating room is like having an extra set of hands and eyes,” said Dr. Choi. “It truly enhances the safety and accuracy of a very delicate, complex procedure.”
Patients benefit from the use of the ExcelciusGPS in the following ways:
Surgery is minimally-invasive, with a smaller incision and decreased blood loss
Less exposure to radiation during procedure
Shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery time
Less risk of complication following surgery
Advanced, robotic surgery systems have been in use at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital since 2007. In 2016, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital became the first in the Green Bay area to launch the da Vinci Xi Surgical System for minimally-invasive colorectal, general, bariatric, thoracic, gynecologic and urologic surgeries. The ExcelciusGPS is the hospital’s fourth piece of robotic surgery technology.
Three Prevea Health surgeons perform spinal fusion surgery utilizing the ExcelciusGPS: Dr. Hoon Choi, Dr. Douglas Chyatte and Dr. Christopher VanSaders. To learn more about Dr. Choi, Dr. Chyatte, Dr. VanSaders and the ExcelciusGPS - visit www.prevea.com/SpineRobot.
About HSHS St. Vincent Hospital
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital has been delivering quality health care to Green Bay and its surrounding communities since 1888. Patients from Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan benefit from a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, emergency and trauma care, preventive care across the lifespan, digestive health, orthopedic, cardiac care, neurosciences, rehabilitation and pediatrics. An affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, the hospital’s primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of competent and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. HSHS St. Vincent Hospital has been named one of the “100 Top Hospitals” nationwide and is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. As an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.
About Prevea Health
Prevea Health’s mission is to care for people with passion, pride, and respect. Founded in Green Bay, Wis., in 1996, Prevea Health partners with HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, to provide access to more than 200 physicians in more than 60 specialty areas. Prevea has more than 80 locations throughout Northeast Wisconsin and Western Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley region. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.