da Vinci® Surgery

As the region’s leader in surgery, Mercyhealth is home to the da Vinci Surgical System, the most advanced technology available for minimally invasive robotic surgery.  

The da Vinci Surgical System allows surgery to be performed through very small incisions, resulting in:

  • Less postoperative pain and discomfort;
  • Less scarring and faster recovery;
  • Minimized blood loss;
  • Reduced risk of infection;
  • Shorter hospital stay;
  • Faster return to normal daily activities;
  • Better clinical outcomes, in many cases; and
  • The three-dimensional precision and accuracy of traditional surgery.

The da Vinci Surgical System is powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology that translates the surgeon’s hand movements into precise movements of small instruments within the operating area. The da Vinci cannot be programmed on its own; it requires direct input from the surgeon for every surgical movement.

The system has been used in thousands of surgical procedures around the world. Nearly 700 da Vinci systems are in place at leading medical centers in the U.S. Patients in the Rock River Valley previously had to go to Chicago or Madison to access medical centers with da Vinci technology.

The da Vinci System and Urology Procedures

Surgeons use the da Vinci system to treat patients with prostate cancer and perform other urological procedures.

Our team of da Vinci surgeons from Rockford Urological Associates (RUA) includes Mark Cormier, M.D.,  and Michael Fumo, M.D. Dr. Fumo, who leads the da Vinci program, has been the primary surgeon on more than 750 da Vinci procedures and has assisted on an additional 1,000 cases in his career.  

For more information about the da Vinci Surgical system and its use in urological procedures, call Rockford Urological Associates at (815) 398-4057 or visit www.davincisurgery.com.

The da Vinci System and Gynecology Procedures

Obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) use the da Vinci system for a variety of gynecological procedures, including:

  • Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus due to fibroids, excessive menstruation, or bleeding; ovarian cysts; or cancerous masses);
  • Myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids only);
  • Abdominal sacro-colpoplexy (resuspension of the vaginal vault to treat vaginal prolapse); or
  • Laparoscopic surgery for severe endometriosis, uterine prolapse, or pelvic slings.  

The following OB/GYNs use the da Vinci system:

  • Sumoulindra Bhattacharya, M.D. (Mercyhealth Physicians-Perryville)
  • Gregory Granzeier, D.O. (Mercyhealth Physicians-Roscoe)
  • C. David Stephenson, M.D. (Rock Valley Women’s Health Center)

For more information about the da Vinci Surgical System and its use in gynecological procedures, call Mercyhealth at (888) 39-MERCY or visit www.davincihysterectomy.com.