Robotic Surgery in Cedar Rapids

Iowa's leader in robotic surgery.

You can heal faster and go home sooner when your surgeon uses minimally invasive robotic techniques. St. Luke's is Iowa's leader in robotic surgeries, where the regions' top surgeons choose our state-of-the-art robots for procedures such as treating heart arrhythmia, prostate removal (prostatectomy), hysterectomy and uterine fibroid removal (myomectomy). For these patients, the pinpoint precision of robotic surgery leads to faster recovery times and better overall results. We call ourselves Iowa's robotic surgery leader for several reasons:

  • No other hospital in the state of Iowa performs more robotic surgeries than St. Luke's. More than 5,000 robotic surgeries have been performed at the hospital in Cedar Rapids.
  • St. Luke's is one of six Epicenters in the Midwest for gynecological surgery and is the busiest. Learn more.
  • St. Luke's is the first hospital in the state to acquire the most advanced da Vinci surgical robot: The da Vinci Xi Surgical System.
  • St. Luke's also offers partial knee replacement using the Navio surgical system.

Operations performed at St. Luke's using  robotic surgery include:

  • Prostatectomy (prostate removal)
  • Pyeloplasty (for blockage of the urinary system)
  • Nephrectomy (kidney removal)
  • Partial nephrectomy (partial removal of the kidney)
  • Hysterectomy (uterus removal)
  • Sacral colpopexy (vaginal prolapse)
  • Myomectomy (fibroid removal)
  • Endometriosis procedures
  • Fallopian tubal reversal
  • Colon resections
  • Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
  • Adrenalectomy (adrenal gland removal)
  • Nissen procedure (procedure to correct acid reflux or GERD)
  • Ileostomy (bowel diversion surgery)
  • Partial knee replacement

Partial Knee Replacement Surgery using the Navio Surgical System

Partial knee replacement surgery is now available for osteoarthritis  suffers at St. Luke's. The hospital recently acquired the Navio™ Surgical System, which is a robotic- assisted orthopedic system. Navio provides surgeons with a hand-held, computer-assisted bone cutting tool, which is precisely guided with the robot's navigation system. The system uses a smaller, minimally invasive incision which allows the surgeon to treat either side of the knee.


About da Vinci Robotic Surgery

How Does da Vinci Robotic Surgery Work?

More and more top surgeons are choosing to perform surgery with the help of robotic tools. At St. Luke's alone, more than 5,000 robotic surgeries have been performed. Surgeries and procedures that once required large incisions and weeks of recovery are now minimally invasive, more effective and return patients to normal activities in a matter of days.

da Vinci Robots in the Operating Room

There are several types of robots in use at St. Luke's. For cardiac care, St. Luke's is home to the Hansen Sensei Robotic Catheter. For urological, gynecological and some general surgeries, the St. Luke's acquired the most advanced da Vinci surgical robot: The da Vinci Xi Surgical System in 2016 which allows doctors to operate with greater precision and minimal discomfort for the patient.

The process. While the procedures vary, the process of robotic surgery typically involves the following:

  • Throughout the robotic surgery the surgeon sits at a special consol.
  • A very small 3D camera and dime-sized surgical instruments are placed inside the patient through tiny incisions. The camera gives the surgeon a magnified 360 degree view of the operative field.
  • Using the console's hand and foot controls, the surgeon remotely moves robotic arms attached to surgical instruments. A second surgeon is positioned at the operating table to confirm the correct placement of the surgical instruments.

Benefits of da Vinci robotic surgery. Compared to traditional techniques, the very small incisions created by robotic surgery drastically reduce patients' time in the hospital and their risk of infections. The use of high-definition 3D cameras allows surgeons close-up views of areas they aren't able to see during open surgery. Fully articulating robotic arms mimic the movement of hands, allowing surgeons to have greater dexterity and control than is possible with conventional laparoscopic instruments.

Inside the OR. The diagram below illustrates the operating room layout for the da Vinci Surgical robot.

Robotic Surgery