Despite having severe endometriosis for years, Tara Ulmaniac, 39, was hesitant to undergo surgery to treat the condition. But when a family member had a robot-assisted hysterectomy and was up and around within a week, Ulmaniac knew it was time to reconsider.
Every year, more than a quarter of a million American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. When Robert Jensen, MD, found out he had prostate cancer, he chose to have robotic surgery at United Hospital in St. Paul. Now he continues to enjoy spending time with his grandson.
Lee Burke knew he needed surgery for his enlarged prostate gland. It wasn't cancer, but the gland's size and continued growth was interfering with his ability to urinate and began affecting his kidneys.
During her annual physical exam, Forest Lake resident Jeannette Wittrock talked with her family physician about her heavy, long menstrual bleeding. She had uterine fibroids, noncancerous tumors of the uterus, a condition that often runs in families.
Chuck Barnes of Elk River wasn't going to let heart surgery get in the way of an October hunting trip. Less than two weeks after surgery to repair his mitral valve, Barnes was shooting antelope in Wyoming.
Cardiothoracic surgeons Jong Kim, MD, and Brian Tell, MD, performed the first robotic procedure at Mercy Hospital on Friday, November 9. They used the robot to harvest an artery from the chest of Joseph Dehen of Anoka, Minn. Then, they used the artery to bypass a blockage in Dehen's heart in a minimally invasive procedure.