A thoracic surgeon in Grafton just reached a major milestone in his medical career.

William Tisol completed his 500th robotics case at Aurora Medical Center on April 10.

Thoracic surgery can cover many procedures within the chest cavity, including the heart, lungs, esophagus and diaphragm. The procedure that Tisol specializes in makes use of the DaVinci Robotics System, which allows for 3D visuals and magnification during the minimally invasive procedure. The DaVinci system is typically used for prostatectomies (removal of the prostate gland) and cardiac valve repairs.

"In the past, long incisions would have to be made in the chest cavity in order to perform surgery. Thanks to these advancements in technology, we can treat our patients with only minor incisions and far less post-op pain," said Tisol.

With this milestone procedure, Tisol is now ranked 11th in the country in the number of cases and has performed more than any other doctor in Wisconsin and the Midwest.

"I am honored to have reached this milestone in my career, but I could not have done it without a great team behind me," said Tisol. "It is a team effort from those in the operating room to everyone at the clinic."

Tisol completed his medical degree at Michigan State University in 2006 before starting work at the Medical College of Wisconsin at Froedtert Hospital. He joined Aurora Medical Center in 2013.

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