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Da Vinci Surgery – Center for Surgical Care at St. Cloud Hospital

St. Cloud Hospital offers Central Minnesota a breakthrough surgical technology – the da Vinci robot. Da Vinci surgery is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopic surgery.

Da Vinci gives surgeons the precision, dexterity and control of traditional open surgery, but with incisions no bigger than a dime.


Open prostatectomy vs da Vinci incision diagram


What are the benefits of da Vinci surgery?

  • lower risk of infection
  • less blood loss
  • less scarring
  • shorter hospital stay
  • faster recovery
  • quicker return to normal activities

How is da Vinci surgery different?

Unlike traditional surgery, the surgeon sits ten feet away from the patient at a special console. The surgeon looks into the console to see a highly magnified 3D picture of the patient’s insides. Controls on the console let the surgeon guide the da Vinci’s robot arms and endoscopic camera through tiny dime-size incisions on the patient’s body. The robot arms go past a human’s normal range of motion and filter and scale the surgeon’s actions into precise micro-movements.

What da Vinci procedures are performed at St. Cloud Hospital?

  • Bladder surgery/cystectomy
  • Bowel/colon surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Hysterectomy/myomectomy (fibroids)
  • Pelvic floor reconstruction
  • Prostatectomy
  • Renal (kidney) surgery/ureteral surgery (i.e., ureteral implantation, adrenalectomy)

Why choose St. Cloud Hospital for your da Vinci Surgery?

  • Experience. St. Cloud Hospital has been doing da Vinci surgeries since 2005.
  • Range of procedures. The addition of the da Vinci Si in the summer of 2010 allowed for more complex kidney, bladder and pelvic floor reconstruction cases.
  • Quality. St. Cloud Hospital has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals for Urology” in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

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