Published on May 12, 2015

Pella Regional Hits 1,000 Robotic Patients

PELLA, Iowa On Monday, May 4, Pella Regional Health Center hit an exciting milestone by having performed robotic procedures on 1,000 patients. This robotic technology is used for a multitude of gynecologic, urologic and general surgical procedures at Pella Regional, including but not limited to prostatectomy, hysterectomy and colorectal and gallbladder surgeries.

“It’s truly amazing to think we have arrived at this milestone already,” said Diane McCombs, da Vinci team specialist at Pella Regional. “It has truly been a team effort from the early planning stages all the way through to the completion of our 1000th patient. We are so fortunate to have the latest technologies and amazing surgeons and staff to be able to offer our patients the quality of care they both deserve and expect from us.”

The da Vinci Si was installed on March 26, 2010 and since then, Pella Regional patients have been able to have complex surgery using this sophisticated minimally invasive approach. The introduction of robotic surgery in recent years has advanced surgery in a very positive way. Surgeons are able to operate robotically with better precision, dexterity and control.

“We have made tremendous strides at Pella Regional with robotic surgery,” said Bob Kroese, chief executive officer at Pella Regional.  “Since adding the robot in 2010, our gynecologists, urologists and general surgeons have been using this state-of-the-art technology to give our patients the very finest care possible. We can provide the best possible patient outcomes—less pain, fewer infections, less blood loss and less need for blood transfusions. Other benefits are a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery and faster return to normal daily activities.”