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.