da Vinci Surgical Robot

St. Francis Health 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 brought its first da Vinci surgical robot to Topeka in 2006, and now the third generation da Vinci will enable the hospital to further expand its surgical capabilities to improve patient well-being.

"It's a more advanced machine," says Alfredo Iloreta, MD, Topeka Urology at St. Francis. "There's an advantage for patients because they have a shorter stay and less pain and blood loss. It's good for the surgeon because there's more magnification and better control."

Specially trained surgeons across multiple specialties use the da Vinci and other minimally invasive techniques for heart, lung, uterus and prostate surgeries at St. Francis.

"In a typical minimally invasive hysterectomy, a patient could lose a soda can's worth of blood and have a three-day hospital stay, but with the da Vinci they lose about a tablespoon. And many of my patients are discharged just 12 hours after the procedure," says Cathy Dahl, DO, St. Francis Gynecology Clinic.

The robot has a three-dimensional high-definition magnification system and provides surgeons with enhanced dexterity and greater precision and control with typical incisions for procedures just one to two centimeters long.

"We have performed upward of 400 prostatectomies, and the new da Vinci will allow us to expand our surgical options to renal-sparing surgeries," Dr. Rupp says. "It really helps with the three C's-cancer, control and continence."

These physicians use the da Vinci surgical robot at St. Francis:

OB/GYN Surgery

Cathy Dahl, DO
St. Francis Gynecology Clinic
Elizabeth Babin, MD
Lincoln Center
Urologic Surgery

Brad Rupp, MD
Rupp Urology Clinic

Alfredo Iloreta, MD
Topeka Urology Clinic at St. Francis

Mark Bransted, MD
Urology Associates of Topeka

Chu-Chi Chen, MD
Advanced Urology Clinic