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Robotic surgery

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including less invasive surgical treatments available.

da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System

The da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System provides surgeons at St. Anthony's Medical Center with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. Through its state-of-the-art robotic platform, surgeons can perform complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with precision.

Possible benefits

  • less pain
  • less blood loss
  • less scarring
  • shorter recovery time
  • better clinical outcome


Some of the procedures that can be performed using the robotic da Vinci® Surgical System include:


Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: “Will my body function normally following surgery?” Traditional open urologic surgery – in which incisions are made to access the pelvic organs – has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted.

The robotic da Vinci Surgery System uses a minimally invasive approach that is ideal for urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

Learn more: Talk with your physician to see if da Vinci robotic surgery is right for you.


Traditional open gynecologic surgery uses an incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy. This has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures.

For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the robotic da Vinci Surgical System may be an effective, less invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a faster recovery.

Learn more: Talk with your physician to see if da Vinci robotic surgery is right for you.

Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder)

Compared to manual single-port (access) laparoscopy, patients who choose single-incision da Vinci surgery experience near scarless results. That’s because the surgeon operates through only one small incision in the navel (belly button).

Learn more: Talk with your physician to see if da Vinci robotic surgery is right for you.

Other surgeries

Today, complex conditions ranging from cancer to uterine prolapse and other urologic procedures, fibroids, nephrectomies, and even heart disease can be treated minimally invasive with da Vinci® surgery. It requires only a few small incisions, so you can get back to your life faster.

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