Urogynecology Surgery CenterWoman with Nurse

Urogynecologists affiliated with The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital are specially trained to care for women with pelvic floor disorders, such as:

Women with pelvic floor disorders may experience:

  • Urinary problems, such as urgent and frequent need to urinate, painful urination or incomplete emptying of their bladder
  • Constipation, straining or pain during bowel movements
  • Pain or pressure in the vagina or rectum
  • Muscle spasms in the pelvis

Many pelvic floor disorders can be treated successfully without surgery with behavior changes, medication or physical therapy. For patients whose symptoms fail to improve with nonsurgical treatments, specially trained urogynecologists perform the following procedures at Silver Cross Hospital using advanced robotic techniques.

Surgical Treatment

  • Sacrocolpopexy
  • Hysterectomy & Single-Site® Hysterectomy
  • Uterosacral ligament suspension
  • Burch bladder suspension
  • Excision of vaginal mesh material
  • Uterine prolapse surgeries with uterine preservation
  • Paravaginal defect repair
  • Repair of vesicovaginal fistula


Designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG), Silver Cross has performed more hysterectomies than any other hospital and surgery center in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Silver Cross was one of the first hospitals in the country to perform Single-Site® Hysterectomy through one tiny incision in the belly button.

Physicians from around the world come to Silver Cross to observe Dr. Nahla Merhi and the surgical team perform this delicate and complicated procedure.

Robotic Surgery

Compared with traditional open surgery, robotic surgery requires significantly smaller incisions. The potential benefits for patients include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Less scarring
  • Fast recovery time
  • Reduced pain
  • Less need for narcotic medication

Using a da Vinci® robot, the surgeon makes a few small incisions in the abdomen using long, thin instruments and a tiny camera. The camera sends images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide your surgeon during the operation. The robot is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high definition 3D vision and a magnified view. Your doctor controls the robot, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. The robot cannot act on its own. Surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.

To be affiliated with the Midwest Institute of Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, surgeons must meet rigorous criteria and demonstrate excellent outcomes and high patient satisfaction.

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.