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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.


Sanford Health uses robotic-assisted surgery for the following procedures:

Gynecologic procedures

Heart and lung procedures

Sanford Health surgeons can use robotic-assisted surgery for the following heart and lung surgeries:

Close lung cancer removal information Lung cancer removal using the da Vinci®:

Thoracic surgery, surgery of the lungs, is generally the most effective way to treat lung disorders. But traditional open surgery has a number of drawbacks caused primarily by the large incision required, splitting the breastbone and spreading the ribs to access the chest cavity. In addition to an 8- to 10-inch scar down the center of your chest, splitting of the breastbone leads to a long recovery time of eight to 12 weeks as well as a long delay before you will return to regular daily activities.

Many thoracic surgeons now recognize the benefits of small incisions made between the ribs to perform thoracic surgery. The da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system provides surgeons and patients with what may be the most effective, least-invasive treatment option for even the most complex lung surgery procedures.

  Lung surgery incisions
This example compares a traditional lung cancer removal incision, at right, with the da Vinci procedure.

Among the potential benefits of robotic-assisted lung surgery are:
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Faster recovery

Sanford Health is the first and only healthcare provider in the Bismarck-Mandan area to offer robotic-assisted surgery using da Vinci.

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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