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St. Francis Health Center
Minimally Invasive Surgical Options
1700 S.W. 7th St.
Topeka, KS 66606

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Urology and Prostatectomy

St. Francis has brought the newest da Vinci® surgical robot to Topeka to provide the most state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical care available in northeast Kansas. St. Francis is the only Topeka-area hospital offering da Vinci surgical capabilities.

Our experienced surgical team has performed upward of 400 prostatectomies and perform other procedures, including:

  • Laparoscopic Hand Assist Nephrectomy.
  • Robotic Radical Prostatectomy.
  • Robotic Pyeloplasty.
  • Robotic Nephrectomy.
  • Robotic Partial Nephrectomy.

The robot has a three-dimensional high-definition magnification system and provides surgeons with enhanced dexterity and greater precision and control with typical incisions just one to two centimeters long. The da Vinci's capabilities are especially useful for prostate surgeries because the 3-D imaging allows for better cancer control and results equal to or greater than open radical prostatectomy procedures, as well as greater preservation of the nerves, resulting in lower impotence rates.

Advantages of da Vinci® Prostatectomy

With magnification options up to 15 times what a surgeon's eye can see unassisted, the da Vinci's visionary applications allow for more precise incisions and faster recoveries, as well as:

  • Less operative blood loss (200 milliliters versus 1,500 milliliters).
  • Better cancer control.
  • Better preservation of erectile function because of higher magnification. 
  • Shorter Health Center stay (23-hour observation instead of a two- to three-day inpatient stay).
  • Less post-operative pain (less narcotics used after surgery).
  • Faster return to normal activity (two weeks instead of four to six weeks).
  • Lower incidence of post-operative bladder neck contracture.

How da Vinci® Surgery Works

Once the surgeon makes laparoscopic incisions and positions the robotic arms, he or she sits at a remote control panel near the patient to review the surgical site in 3-D. The surgeon then manipulates the robot to complete the surgery. The robot filters out hand tremors and other factors that can affect a traditional open surgery. A complete surgical team is with the surgeon and the patient at all times, as in all surgeries, to monitor the patient and assist with the robot.

Surgeons who use the da Vinci system must attend training sessions to become certified. A certified surgeon serving as a proctor must then observe the surgeon before he or she can begin using the robot.

In its 2010 hospital quality ratings for prostatectomy, HealthGrades rated St. Francis' program the highest in Topeka with a three-star rating. For complete HealthGrades ratings of St. Francis and other hospitals, visit

Call 785-295-8004 to schedule a consultation.