Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Welcome to the Center for Robotic Surgery at Mercy – North Iowa

Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa is navigating through exciting territory when it comes to minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Imagine major surgery performed through the smallest of incisions. Imagine having the benefits of a definitive treatment but with the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, less blood loss and transfusions, faster return to normal daily activities – as well as the potential for better clinical outcomes. It sounds futuristic, but da Vinci procedures are available now at Mercy – North Iowa.

Da Vinci Surgical Systems provides surgeons with state-of-the art- robotic technology that enhance surgical capabilities through high-definition clarity, 3D technology and up to 10x magnification.  The robotic system allows surgeons at Mercy-North Iowa to handle the most delicate tissue even in confined spaces like the chest, abdomen, and pelvis using only small incisions.

Although da Vinci is often referred to as a “robot” it cannot perform surgery on its own, procedures are performed entirely by the expert surgeons at Mercy-North Iowa.  The surgeon controls the system while viewing a high-definition, 3D image of the patient’s body. The robotic system translates the movements of the surgeon’s hands, wrists, and fingers into small, precise movements within the body through incisions that are 1 to 2 centimeters.

This new platform overcomes the limitations of traditional open surgery and conventional minimally invasive surgery and offers a sophisticated robotic platform designed to compliment the surgeon’s capabilities and offer a minimally invasive option for major surgery.

 Incision comparison for da vinciProcedures performed at The Center for Robotic Surgery at Mercy – North Iowa:


  • Cervical and uterine cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine prolapse and menorrhagia
  • Excessive bleeding


  • Prostatectomy
  • Kidney
  • Bladder