Conditions Treated by Robotic Surgery

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Conditions Treated by Robotic Surgery

Colorectal care

Patients undergoing colorectal care that requires surgery can often benefit from robotic surgery performed with the da Vinci Surgical System. This method allows doctors to perform laparoscopic surgeries with greater precision and control than traditional surgery.

Robotic surgery can be used for colon resections, rectal prolapse repair, colon cancer and other pelvic procedures.

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Women who experience various gynecologic conditions that require surgery can often benefit from robotic surgery performed on the da Vinci® Surgical System. This system allows care providers to perform laparoscopic and some complex surgeries with greater precision and control than traditional surgery.

Surgeries may include:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroid removal (also known as myomectomy)
  • Pelvic floor procedures

Robotic surgery can allow women to return to their daily activities faster than traditional open surgery.

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Melvin L. Ashford, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Kathryn H. Goralski, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Thomas E. Grande, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Jennifer A. Flynn, DO
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Amy E. Kelly, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Vanessa Knoedler, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ronald F. Less, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ragnvald Mjanger, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Joanne B. Votel, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Laure J. Waschbusch, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Robotic hysterectomy patient testimonials

Prostate & Urologic care


More than 1.8 million men in the U.S. are survivors of prostate cancer. New advances in medical technology allow patients to return to active and productive lives after treatment.

In robotic surgery, doctors remove the prostate through five or six small incisions (each about 1 inch in length). More than 2,000 men have been treated with the da Vinci® Surgical System at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood. St. John’s is five-star rated in prostatectomy, compared to the national average of three. For three years in a row, St. John’s has also earned the Prostatectomy Excellence Award that recognizes hospitals with superior results. The average length of hospital stay is also considerably less than the national average allowing patients to return to their lives faster.


Robert A. Gaertner, MD
Surgery - Urology

Christopher J. Knoedler, MD
Surgery - Urology

Aaron Milbank, MD
Surgery - Urology

Todd D. Brandt, MD
Surgery - Urology

Peter D. Sershon, MD
Surgery - Urology

Basir Tareen, MD
Surgery - Urology

Robotic treatment for prostate cancer


Early diagnosis and treatment of kidney cancer can lead to high cure rates. The primary treatment is the removal of the tumor and/or cyst. Robotic surgery is the state-of-the-art, most precise method for tumor removal and kidney reconstruction. This allows patients to get back to their daily routine faster.

As with any surgery, robotic surgery is specific to each patient, condition and procedure. It is important to talk to your doctor about all treatment options, including the risks and benefits.

Robotic surgery for kidney cancer

Contact HealthEast Robotic Surgery

Contact us for more information on doctors who perform robotic surgery at St. John's Hospital.

Call Care Connection at 651-326-2273 for more on surgeons who perform gynecological, lung or thoracic surgery.
Call HealthEast Surgery at 651-471-9400 for more on surgeons who perform colon/rectal or hernia surgery.
Call HealthEast Cancer Care at 651-232-7970 for more on surgeons who perform prostate surgery.