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Robotic Surgery

DaVinci ConsoleMercy Medical Center – Des Moines is the only Des Moines-area hospital to offer the latest version of the da Vinci® surgical robot for our physicians and patients. 

The da Vinci® surgical robot enables surgeons, working from a computer console several feet from the patient, to work at a scale smaller than conventional surgery while at the same time getting a more precise, 3-D look at the surgical site than normal human vision allows.  Robotic surgical incisions are typically only as wide as a dime resulting in fewer stitches, less blood loss, less pain and faster recovery.

With this FDA-approved system, a surgeon operates with natural hand-eye coordination while seated at a console. The instrument’s movements mimic the surgeon’s hand movements - when the surgeon turns the controls clockwise, the robot’s instruments turn clockwise.  In many cases, the surgical robot can accomplish intricate movements and procedures that a surgeon’s hands cannot physically do. 

The daVinci surgical robot has several surgical applications including urologic, gynecologic and cardiac.  Please review the documents below to learn more about some of the robotic surgeries available at Mercy. 

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