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River Falls Area Hospital

Robotic Surgery Center of Western Wisconsin
River Falls Area Hospital

Robotic Surgery Center of Western Wisconsin


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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.

Robotic surgery provides surgeons:

  • higher magnification of the site - more than twice the viewing resolution and 20 percent more viewing area,
  • better flexibility,
  • increased precision.

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 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 participated!

Physicians at River Falls Area Hospital trained to perform robotic surgery

General surgery

Prostrate / Urology


da Vinci robotic surgery

Seated only a few feet away from the operating table, surgeons view the patient's anatomy through a screen that produces a 3-D image magnified ten times.

The da Vinci® robot integrates 3D high definition endoscopy and state-of-the-art robotic technology to virtually extend the surgeon’s eyes and hands into the surgical field.

The robot that operates on the patient is controlled by an expert surgeon who carefully maneuvers a pair of knobs.

On the patient's end, the robot's arms are fitted with five to eight millimeter surgical instruments and a small camera scope that provides a detailed view of the patient.

What are the benefits of 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.

Robotic surgery benefits

Benefits of this type of surgery include:

  • shorter hospital stay
  • less pain and scarring
  • less risk of infection
  • less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • faster recovery
  • quicker return to normal activities

Conveniently located

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.

Personalized care

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.

Patient stories

Irene Krumm's story

When 61-year-old Stockholm resident Irene Krumm became short of breath in April 2012, she called her doctor. “I have asthma, but this was different,” she recalled. X-rays showed a nodule in her left lung. Could it be cancer?


Neal Prochnow's story

Neal Prochnow didn’t let surgery for prostate cancer slow him down. Prochnow, 71, is a River Falls resident and a retired dean and professor at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.