St. Anthony Regional Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in west central Iowa to pioneer da Vinci robotic surgery for patients. The addition of the robotic surgery is complimented by the area’s most advanced suite of operating rooms, and da Vinci-trained surgeons in multiple specialties, allowing St. Anthony to offer the most experienced program in the region.
The da Vinci system equips surgeons with tools that include miniaturized instruments mounted on robotic arms that allow the surgeon maximum range of motion and precision, and a magnified high-definition 3-D camera that guides the surgeon during the procedure. The surgeon sits at a console located in the operating room to control the instruments and camera. Every movement the surgeon makes with the master controls is replicated precisely by the robot. Our specially trained OR staff is at your bedside for your entire procedure.
St. Anthony surgeons have been specially trained to use the system for minimally invasive Urology, Gynecology, General, and Renal procedures that were traditionally performed with an open or laparoscopic approach.
The system not only expands the surgeon’s capabilities to perform with precision, but also offers patients significant benefits over open surgery that include:
- Reduced pain and trauma
- Fewer complications
- Less risk of infection
- Less risk of blood loss, fewer transfusions
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
Not all procedures can be done robotically, and not all patients are candidates for procedures that can be performed robotically. Ask your doctor to review all of your treatment options to be sure robotic surgery is appropriate for you.