Robotic Surgery


About Robotic Surgery

Advanced robotic technology is helping Mercy surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures with greater precision and control than ever before. Unlike open surgeries that require large incisions, robotic-assisted surgical procedures use several small incisions which often means shorter hospital stays, less pain and fewer complications.

How Robotic Surgery Works

During a robotic-assisted procedure, a thin tube with a camera provides a high-resolution, 3D image of the surgical site. Through other tiny incisions, the surgeon inserts surgical instruments attached to robotic arms. The robotic “wrists” can rotate 360 degrees and move in very tiny increments. This allows the surgeon:

  • Greater surgical precision
  • Increased range of motion
  • Enhanced views, including areas that may not be seen by the naked eye
  • Improved access to hard-to-reach areas
  • Improved ability to spare healthy tissue not impacted by surgery

Robotic-Assisted Surgery at Mercy

Robotic surgery is only as advanced as the women and men behind the machine. Throughout the procedure, your surgeon controls every surgical maneuver. The system cannot be programmed or act in any way without the surgeon’s input. Mercy requires surgeons to complete an extensive training program that includes simulated and supervised surgeries before joining our robotics team. In addition, our nursing and support teams must master special robotic competencies.

If you are having a robot-assisted surgery performed at Mercy, know that you have made an excellent choice. Our experienced surgeons and the rest of your care team are here to get you back on your feet and feeling your best again.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Dr. Jonathan Weese discusses the benefits of robotic surgry and who may and may not be a candidate for this type of surgery.



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