da Vinci® Robotic Surgery

Robotic-Assisted da Vinci® surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that allows specially trained surgeons to use the da Vinci Surgical System to perform a wide range of delicate and complex operations through a few small incisions.

The surgeon views the surgical site through a magnified 3D high-definition console system and controls tiny instruments that bend and rotate far greater than a human wrist, while minimizing movement and hand tremors. As a result, the da Vinci system enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control.

Though it is often called a "robot," the da Vinci system cannot act on its own. Surgery is performed entirely by the surgeon who controls the da Vinci system.

Advantages of Robotic Surgery:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Reduced pain and trauma to the body
  • Less scarring
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities

Currently, St. Anthony's offers da Vinci Robotic Surgery for general surgical and colorectal procedures.

General surgical procedures performed robotically include:

  • gall bladder removal,
  • inguinal (groin) hernia repair,
  • umbilical hernia repair,
  • incision hernia repair and
  • hiatal hernia repair.


Colorectal procedures performed robotically include

  • surgery for colon and rectal cancers including sphincter-sparing rectal rections,
  • surgery for diverticular disease,
  • rectopexy for rectal prolapse,
  • surgery for Chrohn's disease and
  • ulcerative colitis.