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Sanford Robotic-Assisted Surgery

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da Vinci Surgical System®

Sanford Health now offers the da Vinci® Surgical System, which allows our skilled surgeons to perform complex procedures in a minimally invasive fashion, which means tiny incisions, minimal scarring and a quicker return to your normal activities. Sanford Health is the first and only healthcare provider in the Bismarck-Mandan area to offer this innovative technology, which is the most-advanced available for minimally invasive surgery.

For the patient, benefits may include:
  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to everyday activities

Traditional open surgery requires large incisions, left, whereas
da Vinci uses tiny incisions, right. This example compares a traditional hysterectomy with the da Vinci procedure.

How it works

Though it is called a robot, the da Vinci® Surgical System cannot act on its own. Our skilled surgeons control every movement. Robotic-assisted surgery provides surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3-D vision and a magnified view thanks to a small camera inserted into the body through a minor incision. The surgeon has control over the robotic system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments that enter the body through other minor incisions. The instruments mimic—and, at times, exceed—the complex movements of the human hand and wrist.

Robotic-assisted surgery specialties

Sanford Health uses robotic-assisted surgery in the following specialties:


Sanford Health surgeons can use robotic-assisted surgery for the following gynecologic procedures:

Close gynecology Hysterectomy using the da Vinci:

If your doctor recommends a hysterectomy to treat your condition, you may be a candidate for da Vinci Surgery. Using state-of-the-art technology, a robotic-assisted hysterectomy requires only a few tiny incisions, so you can get back to your life faster.

Robotic-assisted surgery enables your doctor to perform a minimally invasive hysterectomy even for
Hysterectomy incisions
This example compares a traditional hysterectomy incision with the da Vinci procedure.
complex conditions—with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

The da Vinci system is a state-of-the-art surgical platform with 3-D, high-definition vision and miniaturized surgical instruments designed to help doctors take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. By helping doctors to overcome the challenges of traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for women around the world.

If you have been told you need a hysterectomy, ask your doctor about robotic-assisted surgery.

Sanford Health is the first and only healthcare provider in the Bismarck-Mandan area to offer robotic-assisted surgery using da Vinci. For more information, click here.

  • Endometriosis procedures
  • Removal of ovarian cysts
  • Removal of pelvic adhesions
  • Vaginal vault suspensions
  • Gynecologic malignancies

Heart and lung procedures

Urologic/nephrologic procedures


Bree Dewing, MD
General surgery
Andrew Horowitz, MD
Dr. Christie Iverson Christie Iverson, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Peter Klemin Peter Klemin, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Nadim Koleilat Nadim Koleilat, MD
Dr. Timothy Pansegrau Timothy Pansegrau, MD
Thoracic surgery
Dr. Kathleen Perkerewicz Kathleen Perkerewicz, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Sean Russell Sean Russell, MD
Thoracic surgery

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