Mercy Medical Center Sioux City

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

Mercy's da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For Mercy's patients, benefits may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • And in many cases, better clinical outcomes

Mercy Medical Center, a hospital nationally recognized for surgical services, was the first hospital in the Sioux City area to offer da Vinci-assisted surgery.  Due to a dramatic increase in the demand for robotic surgery, Mercy recently dedicated a new 625 square foot surgery suite designed specifically for the surgical robot.  The robotic suite features a fully integrated monitoring system, touch screen physician-friendly technology, new equipment and anesthesia booms and an innovative lighting system that is the first of its kind in this area.

da Vinci® General Surgery 

When medication, lifestyle changes and other non-surgical treatments cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is often the suggested treatment for many conditions. If your doctor recommends surgery, learning about all surgical options can help you to make the best decision for your situation and ease any anxiety you may be feeling about surgery.

da Vinci Surgery, a minimally invasive approach that utilizes the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for a number of general surgical procedures.  Ask your physician if da Vinci surgery is appropriate for your surgical procedure.

da Vinci Prostatectomy

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: "Will my body function normally following surgery?" Traditional open urologic surgery - in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs - has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.

da Vinci Surgery, a minimally invasive approach that utilizes the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

Learn More: Minimally invasive options for urologic surgery

Learn More: da Vinci Prostatectomy

da Vinci Hysterectomy

Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves.

For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

Learn More: Minimally invasive options for gynecologic surgery

Learn More: da Vinci Hysterectomy

Physicians Who Perform da Vinci Surgery at Mercy

The following physicians are currently performing surgical procedures at Mercy Medical Center using the da Vinci surgical system:

Dr. Craig Block
Dr. Andrew E. Bourne
Dr. Timothy Kneib

Siouxland Urology Associates, PC
455 Sioux Point Road
Dakota Dunes, SD

Dr. Kevin Hamburger
Dr. Kendra Jones
Dr. Mary T. Schneider

Siouxland Women's Health Care, PC
1000 Jackson Street
Sioux City, IA

Dr. Angela Aldrich
Dr. Paul J. Eastman
Dr. Tauhni Hunt

Siouxland Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC
2730 Pierce Street
Suite 201
Sioux City, IA

Dr. Joseph Morris

Tri-State Specialists, LLP
2800 Pierce Street
Suite 101
Sioux City, IA

Dr. William Rizk
Dr. Craig Nemechek 

Midlands Clinic
705 Sioux Point Rd.
Ste. 100
Dakota Dunes, SD  57049