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News: St. Croix Regional Medical Center Welcomes the da Vinci Surgical System.

July 23, 2015

The Surgery Center at SCRMC just welcomed the arrival of a da Vinci Si HD Surgical System, an advanced robotic surgery system that allows our surgeons to perform more complex minimally invasive procedures such as prostatectomy (prostate removal), hysterectomy (uterus removal), different lower and upper gastrointestinal surgery, and hernia repair.

The da Vinci Si Surgical System integrates robotic technology to virtually extend the surgeon’s eyes and hands. Using the system, the surgeon operates while seated at a console positioned a few feet away from the patient but in the same room by viewing a 3-D image of the surgical area. The system mimics the surgeon’s hand movements in real time, on a smaller scale, within the operating site in the patient’s body.

The da Vinci Surgery is a form of minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery. With da Vinci Surgery, the cuts (incisions) made by the surgeon are much smaller than the cut made during open surgery. Studies of da Vinci Surgery have shown the following benefits in comparison to open surgery:  shorter hospital stay, less blood loss, fewer complications, less need for narcotic pain medicines, smaller incisions (meaning less scarring), and faster recovery.

“Patients will be able to have the latest in surgical technology without having to travel great distances to take advantage of the minimally invasive da Vinci surgical option,” said Dr. Claudio Nunes, General Surgeon and Chief of Surgery for St. Croix Regional Medical Center. “Da Vinci technology means that we’re able to meet our ultimate goals: to promote the best outcomes for our patients by using the latest minimally invasive technology to get them back to their lives faster.”

To see this latest technology for yourself and even have a chance to experience the da Vinci Surgical System hands on, join us on August 13 from 5-7 at the Lindstrom Clinic during our Women’s Night Out or on August 18 from 5-7 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center hospital entrance.  For more information, visit