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Surgical Services

Our surgical wing has been fully updated and features leading-edge technology and integrated information technology systems. The eighteen new state-of-the-art surgical rooms have moveable ceiling booms hold equipment that would normally be placed on the floor which reduces clutter in the rooms. The ceiling booms also contain electric power, medical gases and information cabling to create an integrated suite that contribute to the room's performance and operational efficiency.

Operating like a high tech command center, our operating rooms are equipped with digital imaging equipment and three flat-screen monitors suspended from the ceiling and one 42-inch monitor hung on the wall. Through a high-technology switching station, nurses access real-time images from endoscopic cameras, as well as stored digital images of x-rays, MRI and CT scans and can send the images to the screens located around the surgical table to meet the precise needs of the patient and surgeon.

The new wing has a sterile core providing a central storage environment keeping supplies and equipment within easy reach of staff. Patients are moved to and from the operating rooms through a separate corridor, lined with windows providing natural light and free from medical equipment.

Also updated are the pre-surgery and post-operative room that are all private rooms for the privacy and comfort of patients and their family members.

da Vinci Surgical System

UnityPoint Health - Meriter has the most technically advanced da Vinci Surgical System. It features high definition 3D vision, wristed instrumentation, and a natural motion enabling surgeons to move more easily. Patients experience minimally invasive surgery across a wide variety of specialties, procedures and complexity. Numerous studies have indicated that benefits for patients include:

  • Clinical outcomes and cancer control equal or superior to traditional laparoscopic and open techniques
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less estimated blood loss
  • Less post-operative pain and complications
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
  • Less scarring


MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is a minimally invasive knee surgery performed using robotic arm technology. During the MAKOplasty® procedure, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to remove only the diseased portion of the bone, sparing the patient's healthy bone and surrounding tissue. The goal of this minimally invasive procedure is to restore the patient's natural knee motion with as little trauma as possible, for a more natural feeling knee post operatively and a rapid recovery.

Alignment is critical in knee surgery. "The combination of MAKO's robotic arm, unique guidance system and the patient-specific 3-D modeling enables us to place the implant with greater precision – all through a minimal incision," says James Bowers, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at UnityPoint Health - Meriter.

Patients Report:

  • More natural feeling knee following surgery
  • A shorter hospital stay and faster recovery than traditional knee replacement surgery
  • Rapid relief from pain and a quicker return to daily activities.