St. Luke's da Vinci® Robotic Technology

Committed to bringing Eastern Iowan's the best surgical experience, St. Luke's invested in the newest robotic technology available. St. Luke’s is the first hospital in Cedar Rapids to acquire the most advanced da Vinci surgical robot. The da Vinci Xi Surgical System was recently installed in St. Luke’s operating rooms.

This is the fourth generation da Vinci robot, which has improved reach inside the body and provides surgeons an extended range of motion. These added benefits will aid surgeons performing several robot-assisted cancer surgeries at St. Luke’s – with a primary focus on colon, prostate and general surgeries.

The Xi System immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands inside the patient. The new surgical robot has an expandable technology platform designed to accommodate and seamlessly integrate a range of current technologies in areas such as imaging, advanced instruments and anatomical access. Since the robotic surgery program began in 2005 there have been 5,196 robotic surgeries performed at St. Luke’s.

“St. Luke’s has been Iowa’s robotic leader for over a decade,” said Dr. Jon Rippentrop, St. Luke’s medical director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa urologist. “More robot-assisted surgeries are performed at St. Luke’s than any other hospital in Iowa. We continue to see the use of this technology expanding in new ways, and this robotic platform positions St. Luke's Hospital to remain on the cutting edge of minimally invasive surgery, which will be of great benefit to patients. The hospital remains committed to offering the latest technology and minimally invasive surgery to eastern Iowans.”

The da Vinci surgical robot allows surgeons to operate through tiny openings – about the size of a dime. The surgeon uses a special console with hand and foot controls to move the robotic arms, which hold the instruments to operate. A small, 3D-HD camera helps surgeons see and perform intricate surgical procedures. The robot translates the surgeons’ natural hand motions at the control console into corresponding movements of the robotic instruments.

For most patients, da Vinci offers many benefits:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and transfusions
  • Smaller incisions for minimal scarring
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Fewer complications
  • Better clinical outcomes

Leaders in robotics surgery

Since bringing the da Vinci Robotic System to St. Luke's in 2005, we've performed more than 4,000 robotic surgeries, more than any other hospital in Iowa.