Robotic Surgery

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.


Sac City Resident Shares Her Recovery Story

After losing 30 pounds in two weeks due to unbearable heartburn, abdominal pain and excessive nausea, Sac City resident Natalie Drummond reached out to her primary care provider Dr. Zoltan Pek, M.D., of UnityPoint Sac City. He referred Natalie to Ronald Cheney, D.O., of Western Iowa Surgery, who discovered a hiatal hernia and an ultrasound revealed an overactive gallbladder. From there, Natalie was referred to Nicholas Kuiper, D.O., St. Anthony Surgical Group.

“Since the doctors could not be sure which was making me sick, Dr. Kuiper determined that if I was going to undergo surgery, my gallbladder should be removed and the hernia fixed at the same time to prevent further medical procedures,” Natalie said. “By day five after the surgery, I was vacuuming and scrubbing the kitchen floor – all without any pain relievers. I can’t believe how quickly I got better after surgery.”

Natalie credits her rapid recovery to the robotic surgery and care she received at St. Anthony.

“I am so grateful Dr. Kuiper took my case,” said Natalie, who has undergone multiple surgeries in her lifetime following an auto accident in 2003. “I have been to a lot of hospitals in the Midwest over the last 16 years, and I much prefer St. Anthony. No surgery is a pleasant experience, but this was one of the best surgeries I’ve had – and I believe it’s due to the robotic technology that was used. The nursing staff at St. Anthony always had a smile on their face – and that means a lot to someone who’s health depends on them. I felt the nurses truly cared about my well-being.”     May 2019


Medical Staff in Robotic Surgery