Surgical Techniques

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available. On top of traditional surgeries, Gundersen offers many advanced surgeries including robotic surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

Robotic surgery

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For patients, benefits may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • In many cases, better clinical outcomes

Minimally invasive surgery

As technology gets better, minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgeries are becoming more common. Our surgeons offer minimally invasive options for several surgeries they perform.

Minimally invasive surgeries are performed through small incisions using specialized instruments rather than through a large incision—like in open surgeries. The surgeon uses a large television screen to get a magnified view during the surgery.

Because the surgeries are less invasive, they offer many benefits for patients including:

  • Less pain
  • Less recovery time
  • Less time away from work and other activities

While there are many advantages to minimally invasive surgery, it is not the right choice for everyone. Your surgeon will discuss your options and the right choice for you.

Removal of the gallbladder and appendix are common minimally invasive surgeries. In fact, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is the new standard. Minimally invasive procedures are also available for:

  • Heart bypass
  • Bariatric
  • Hernia surgeries
  • Anti-reflux (to fix heartburn/gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Removal of the spleen
  • Colon and small bowel surgeries
  • Gynecological surgeries
  • Hysterectomy

Minimally invasive surgery may be used for just part of a surgery, and the last part may be “open” with a larger incision.

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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