What is Minimally Invasive Surgery? - Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery


There are many factors to consider in determining whether a person is the ideal candidate for robotic surgery. Our surgeons will speak in detail with patients about the benefits of utilizing this type of technology, and together, both the surgeon and the patient will make the decision.

Surgical robotics uses the latest in robotic and computer technology to address the more complex surgical procedures, expanding the applications of minimally invasive surgery. With the use of surgical robotics, our surgeons are performing current procedures with greater precision and performing new operations that were previously considered impossible.

Before they use robotic technology in the clinical environment, our surgeons go through extensive robotic surgery training in both simulations and animate models. In fact, the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery has been named the Midwest Training Center in Surgical Robotics by Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci® Surgical System. We are one of 11 training centers in the country that provide the infrastructure and expertise to train surgeons in robotic technology.

About the robotic technology

The robotic surgical system features a surgeon's viewing and control console (which contains an integrated, high-performance, true three-dimensional vision system) and a patient side cart (which includes three robotic arms). The robotic arms control a three-dimensional endoscope while precisely maneuvering a variety of articulating EndoWrist® instruments. The robotic system becomes an extension of the surgeon's eyes and hands.

Robotic surgery is enabling the next generation of surgery. By integrating robotic technology with the surgeon's skill, precise minimally invasive surgery (MIS) can be performed in a manner never before experienced to enhance healing and promote well-being.

Patient benefits may include:

  • Reduced pain and trauma to the body
  • Less blood loss and need for transfusions
  • Less postoperative pain and discomfort
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to work
  • Less scarring and improved cosmesis

This particular robotic surgical system is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use when performing:


  • Atrial Septal Defect Repair
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Total Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass

Note: Specific cardiac applications of the da Vinci Surgical System have not been cleared by the FDA for use in the United States. Clinical trials are still in progress.


  • Esophagectomy
  • Heller Myotomy
  • Nissen Fundoplication


  • Adrenalectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Esophagotomy
  • Gastric Bypass


  • Cystocele Repair
  • Hysterectomy
  • Tubal Ligation
  • Total Reanastomosis


  • Epicardial Lead Placement
  • Internal Mammary Artery Harvest
  • Internal Mammary Artery Takedown
  • Lobectomy
  • Lung Biopsy
  • Thymectomy


  • Donor Nephrectomy
  • Prostatectomy
  • Ureter Harvest


  • Aortic Abdominal Aneurysm
  • Vena Cava Tumor


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