If your doctor has recommended major surgery as the best option for treating your condition, you may be a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery. Robotic assisted surgery is changing the way doctors operate – and the way patients recover.
Robotic surgery at River Falls Area Hospital provides an alternative to conventional procedures.
Our expertly trained surgeons use less invasive robotic surgery to perform complex operations that were impossible without open surgery just a few years ago. Like other minimally invasive robotic procedures, robotic-assisted surgery is performed through a few tiny incisions. It offers surgeons higher magnification, better flexibility and more precision than conventional laparoscopic surgery.
Surgeons use robotic-assisted surgery to treat problems that affect the prostrate, kidneys, bladder and uterus. Additionally it is used for thoracic, gynecologic, urologic, and general surgery procedures.
Whether you have an enlarged prostate, uterine fibroids, pelvic prolapse or another condition that requires an operation, robotic surgery provides many benefits. Some of these benefits include less blood loss, less pain, shorter hospital stays and a quicker return to daily activities.
Hawkeye: Winner of “name the robot contest”
Congratulations to Joshua Langlois, Meyer Middle School, for entering the winning da Vinci robot name: Hawkeye.
It was a close race but Hawkeye won with the most votes. Staff liked the definition “…the robot amplifies what is seen - similar to the eyes of a hawk. The machine also moves smoothly like a hawk moves through the air” as it mirrored what the da Vinci does.
"The da Vinci® System is an exciting addition for the River Falls Area Hospital's surgery program. The robotic surgery system provides surgeons greater than twice the viewing resolution and 20 percent more viewing area," said Kevin Hallman, MD, medical director, Robotics Program, River Falls Area Hospital.
"This means improved clarity and detail of tissue planes and anatomy — critical when performing delicate dissection or in reconstructive procedures. In our experience, this has meant a better operation for the patient with reduced complications, hospital stays and recovery time."
The other two names in the final running were Vinni and Surgio. All three finalists will receive a tour of the robotic surgical room. $250 will be donated to Meyer Middle School and $50 to Joshua for the winning entry. Thanks to all who particpated!
Physicians at River Falls Area Hospital trained to perform robotic surgery
Although every patient and every surgery is unique, robotic surgery offers important advantages for patients and their doctors. Because trained surgeons can operate with greater precision using robotic surgery, it is considered the best surgical option for many conditions.
Our experienced surgeons have used the da Vinci robot to perform more than 1,000 successful operations. Talk to your doctor to find out whether robotic surgery is right for you.
The robotic surgery center of Western Wisconsin is conveniently located at the River Falls Area Hospital. River Falls Area Hospital is located off of W35, 10 minutes south of Hwy 94 and the town of Hudson. It is only 30 minutes from St. Paul.
Our health care campus includes the River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls Medical Clinic, a number of specialty provider partners and the Kinnic Long-Term Care Facility. There is plenty of free parking for easy access to our hospital.
Our focus is to deliver exceptional health care - putting the patient first in everything we do. Our health center provides an integrated personalized approach to patient care, where hospital staff, doctors, long-term care and rehabilitation / wellness services are provided in unison.
Our staff continues to receive the highest patient satisfaction ratings available. We take pride in caring for you and pay attention to every detail to make your experience with us the best it can be.
River Falls Area Hospital participates in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). This is an international program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care. Participation is voluntary and relatively expensive. River Falls Area Hospital is one of only two hospitals of our size (25 beds or less) in the world that participates in the ACS-NSQIP. We chose to participate because we believe that our surgical quality is comparable to the best hospitals in the world.
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