da Vinci surgical robotics

State-of-the-art minimally-invasive surgery, so you can get back to living life.

The da Vinci surgical robotics system is nothing short of amazing in the hands of a skilled surgeon. When compared to traditional or laparoscopic surgery, patients report less pain, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker return to their daily activities. Eight surgeons in our area are trained on Pullman Regional Hospital’s da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system for procedures in urology, gynecology, and some general surgery. 

 
When Less is More

da Vinci surgery requires only a few small incisions versus a long, larger incision used in traditional open surgery. Some da Vinci procedures can also be done with just a single incision in the belly button. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.  Your surgeon sits at a console and controls the robotic arms that mimic the movements of your surgeon’s hands, bending and rotating just like a wrist. A three-dimensional, high-definition camera gives your surgeon enhanced vision with ten times magnification of the operative field. Fluorescence imaging further contributes to patient safety and reduces risk, illuminating vessels otherwise hidden to the naked eye. Surgeons and patients say using the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system has the following potential benefits:

  • less pain
  • less blood loss
  • less scarring
  • shorter hospital stay
  • shorter recovery and faster return to normal activities

 

Procedures and Providers

Gynecology: Moscow Pullman OB/GYN (208) 883-0813 or (509) 332-7511

Nigel Campbell, MD; Ric Minudri, MD; Charles A. Richards, MD; Huong A. Trinh, MD

  • Total abdominal hysterectomies
  • Ovarian cystectomies (removal of ovarian cysts)
  • Oophorectomies (removal of ovaries)
  • Salpingectomy or salpingostomy (removal of fallopian tube or opening of fallopian tube to remove tubal pregnancies)
  • Adhesiolysis (removal of pelvic adhesions)

 

Urology: Palouse Urology (509) 332-3488

John Keizer, MD; Bryan Smith, MD

  • Prostatectomies
  • Partial & total nephrectomies (removal of the kidney)
  • Sacral colpopexy (correction of the prolapse of the vagina)

 

General Surgery: Palouse Surgeons (509) 338-0632 or (208) 882-1700

John Visger, MD; Derrick Walker, DO

  • Cholecystectomies & colorectal surgery
  • Hernias
  • Abdominal perianal resection
  • Nissen fundoplication (for acid reflux)
  • Colectomy & sigmoid colectomy

 

Is da Vinci surgery right for you? Talk to your doctor to learn more about your surgical options.

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You're in good hands--ours.

Robotic-assisted surgical options, available at Pullman Regional Hospital, mean you're back to doing the things you love quicker, with less scarring, and less pain than traditional surgical options

What our patients are saying

Local surgeons, Dr. Ric Minudri and Dr. John Keizur, along with Pullman Regional Hospital patients talk about their experience with the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system.

Over 300 cases

Our da Vinci-trained surgical team members have hundreds of hours of combined experience in da Vinci surgery cases. They are specially trained and skilled to assist with all robotic cases.