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MercyOne Siouxland celebrates 2000th robotic surgery

May 25, 2019 09:28AM ● By Alyssa McGinnis

Pictured Above: Doctors Andrew Bourne and Lawrence Volz pose in the MercyOne Siouxland operating room.

Surgeons at MercyOne Siouxland performed their 2,000th innovative robotic surgery in mid-May. They celebrated the milestone with recognition for the dedicated operating room staff and surgeons that work to ensure MercyOne provides the highest quality robotic outcomes with the minimally invasive surgery.

MercyOne utilizes Intuitive's daVinci surgical system, which allows patients needing medical intervention quicker recovery times. The minimally invasive, robotic-assisted platforms help surgeons deliver the best outcomes possible for those needing abdominal surgeries, including prostate, colon, intestinal, bladder, kidney, hernia, gall bladder and hysterectomy procedures.

"Robotic surgery has allowed us to reduce postoperative pain and perioperative complications, shorter hospital stays and ultimately a quicker recovery and return to normal activities," says MercyOne's Chief Medical Officer, Lawrence Volz.

Dr. Volz, who had the honor of performing the 2000th surgery, ironically performed the 1000th procedure, as well.  He says the latest robotic technology allows the medical center to recruit and maintain high quality surgeons and surgical team members.  

MercyOne Siouxland performed a record 43 robotic cases in the month of April.