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UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Using the Newest Technology

da Vinci Si Robotic Surgery System

This new technology is a major step forward for surgeons who practice at Iowa Methodist and Blank Children's - and for patients and their families as well. This computer-enhanced surgical system will allow us to improve outcomes for our patients, help our surgeons take the next leap forward in perfecting their craft and will keep the healthcare provided by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines at the leading edge of medical science.

A renewed focus on minimally invasive surgery is natural for UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. Iowa Methodist and Blank Children's will continue to make strategic investments to insure that our downtown campuses will continue to provide truly 'state-of-the-art' patient care.

The da Vinci Si Surgical System allows a surgeon to use a special console with hand and foot controls to manipulate tiny robotic arms and an endoscope (a 3-D camera eye) to perform intricate surgical procedures that are beyond the current limitation of human performance. The da Vinci translates the surgeon's natural hand, wrist and finger movements at the control console into corresponding micro-movements of the instrument tips, which are positioned inside the patient through small incisions. Wide ranges of instruments are available to perform different types of procedures.  Use of this equipment makes difficult minimally invasive surgery routine and makes minimally invasive procedures possible in many additional surgical specialties than previously possible.

SILS Procedure

The SILS procedure represents one of the newest advancements in surgery. The SILS approach is designed to make surgery less invasive. Thus, instead of a six-inch incision required by traditional surgery or the three to four smaller half-inch incisions utilized in standard laparoscopic surgery, the SILS surgery is accomplished through a single incision in the belly button.

Cutting edge technology, including the SILS Port, allows surgeons to operate through a 20mm incision. To put it into perspective, an incision of this size is slightly smaller than the diameter of a nickel. One incision improves upon standard laparoscopic techniques, potentially eliminating the scars and wound pain associated with multiple points of entry.

Potential benefits of a SILS procedure may include:

  • Faster recovery time
  • Little or no visible scars
  • Less post-op pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications