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Surgery types

Cardiovascular conditions

Surgeons at Mercy's Heart & Vascular Center use robotic surgery for selected cardiovascular procedures, including mitral valve surgery. The advanced technology allows physicians to operate less invasively than with traditional surgical methods. Because the incisions are smaller, patients have less pain and recover faster.

Gynecologic conditions

If it is not possible to correct a gynecologic condition with medication or other methods, doctors traditionally recommend either open abdominal surgery or laparoscopic surgery. However, daVinci® robotic surgery is fast becoming the preferred option for treating many gynecologic conditions. In some cases, for example when a woman has dense scarring from previous operations, robotic surgery is the only alternative to open surgery. Many women will experience problems affecting their uterus (womb) or other reproductive organs at some point in their lives. In fact, one in three women in the United States will have surgery to treat uterine disorders before she turns 60 - including fibroid tumors, endometriosis, prolapse and gynecologic cancer. These problems can cause chronic pain, excessive bleeding, infertility or other disabling conditions.

Lung cancer or disease

Traditional open surgery to treat lung problems has a number of drawbacks caused primarily by the large incision required and a long recovery time of 8-12 weeks or more. Many cardio thoracic surgeons now recognize the benefits of using less invasive procedures, when ever possible.

The da Vinci® Surgical System at Mercy provides surgeons and patients with an option that can be a more effective and less invasive treatment for lung cancer or other conditions of the lung that require surgery.

Prostate cancer

One of the most commonly diagnosed cancers, prostate cancer will affect approximately 16% of American men sometime in their life. What causes prostate cancer is unknown, but if it is detected and treated early, survival rates are among the highest of any cancer.

If you have been diagnosed with localized prostate cancer you may have several treatment options depending on your age, health, personal preference and the stage of the disease. Surgery is the only option for removing a cancerous prostate.

More on prostate cancer.

Urological conditions

Many urologic problems can be treated without surgery. However, if prescription drugs or other medical therapies do not help, your doctor may recommend surgery.

Some common urologic conditions that often require surgery include enlarged prostate (known as benign prostatic hyperplasia), prostatitis, prostate cancer, kidney obstructions (known as uretero-pelvic junction obstruction), and diseases of the bladder.