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Frequently Asked Questions

How is da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery different from traditional surgery methods?

Traditional open surgery requires large incisions, leading to lengthy recuperations. As an alternative for certain procedures, doctors can perform minimally invasive surgeries with the help of technological advances and laparoscopic tools. Traditional minimally invasive surgery relies on rigid, hand-operated instruments. Da Vinci® takes minimally invasive surgery to the next level by allowing doctors to create tiny incisions. As a result, doctors gain improved dexterity, heightened precision, increased range of motion and greater access.

What are the benefits?

Da Vinci® offers many advantages to patients including:
  • Significantly reduced pain
  • Quicker healing
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Minimized scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay

Does the surgeon become unnecessary with robotic-assisted surgery?

No. The surgeon maintains control of the entire procedure and simply relies on da Vinci® for assistance. The doctor sits at the console a few feet from the patient while viewing a magnified, 3D image of the surgical field. The technology in the console translates the doctor’s movements into precise micro-movements that are carried out by robotic tools.

Who can perform da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery?

Doctors must undergo special training to operate with da Vinci®. 

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Will my insurance cover this procedure?

Robotic-assisted surgery is considered a type of minimally invasive surgery. If your insurance plan covers minimally invasive procedures, robotic surgery is typically included. Contact your insurance provider to confirm your benefits.

Which procedures are available?

Doctors at Providence St. Peter Hospital can perform the following surgeries with da Vinci®:

Gynecology/Gynecologic Oncology

  • Hysterectomy
  • Ovarian Cystectomy
  • Myomectomy
  • Oophorectomy
  • Endometriosis
  • Sacrocolpopexy


  • Prostatectomy
  • Nephrectomy
  • Cyctectomy
  • Sacrocolpopexy