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Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse offers robotic surgery

Published On: May 21 2013 03:35:57 PM CDT   Updated On: May 21 2013 03:46:58 PM CDT

Surgeons at the Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare can perform minimally invasive surgery with the help of a robotic surgical assist device.

The da Vinci Surgical System helps surgeons perform with increased accuracy, control and flexibility, according to Gokhan Anil, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist at the Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare.

"Patients who have robotic surgery often experience less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery compared to those who undergo standard surgical procedures," Anil said in a statement.

Surgeons control the four-armed da Vinci Surgical System with joystick-like controls. The device uses specialized surgical tools and enter a patient's body through incisions as small as one centimeter.

Gundersen Health System received the da Vinci Surgical System in the summer of 2008.