Robotic Surgery

After a surgery, we know you want to get back to everyday life as soon as possible. Robotic surgery can help speed recovery time by creating customized precision, often resulting in shorter hospital stays and less pain and discomfort.

Robotic surgery allows our highly skilled surgeons to perform complex surgical procedures through tiny incisions, using advanced robotic-assisted technology.

Benefits of robotic surgery often include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Faster recovery
  • Less pain overall
  • Fewer complications
  • Reduced need for pain medicine
  • Smaller incisions for minimal scarring 

How Robotic Surgery Works

At Altru, we’re proud to offer our patients some of the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical systems, skillfully operated by our expert surgeons.

Robotic surgery offers a magnified vision system, giving our surgeons a 3-D, high definition view inside the body. Wristed instruments bend and rotate far greater than the human hand, enabling the robot to maneuver more easily in tight spaces. The surgeon sits nearby at a console manipulating the instruments and performing the operation. This allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body.

“Our patients want less time in the operating room, less complications and more time with their families and friends. The new robotic platform allows us to help them be back at work and back doing the things that mean the most to them more quickly.”

-Robert Guttormson, MD, general surgery

“With Mako® robotic-arm assistance we can be more precise in how we position the hip replacement. With improved accuracy, we create a better fitting replacement for the patient, which has the potential to create a longer lasting hip.” 

-Jeremy Gardner, MD, orthopedic surgeon

Learn how A Well-Researched Hip Replacement Leaves Tim Pain-Free.


Types of Robotic Surgery at Altru

daVinci® Xi robotic surgical system

Altru uses the latest Intuitive daVinci® Xi robotic surgical system. The system offers 3-D high definition visualization and allows for enhanced dexterity and greater control for surgeons. Altru Health System is the only system in North Dakota to have dual operating consoles, allowing two surgeons to operate together. 

See how a skilled surgeon using the daVinci® system can precisely peel a grape:

Mako™ Robotic Arm Assisted Joint Replacement

Altru Advanced Orthopedics offers partial and total knee and total hip replacement with the Mako™ Robotic Arm. This advanced technology assists our expert surgeons to offer a more accurate joint replacement, resulting in less pain and a more natural-feeling joint.

By creating a 3-D model of the body’s anatomy, our surgeons develop a pre-surgical plan that customizes implant size, positioning and alignment specifics to each patient’s needs. Improvement placement results in minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue and bone.

Learn more about Mako™ Robotic Arm Assisted Joint Replacement.


Robotic Surgery Offerings

The daVinci system allows Altru surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures in the following areas:

The Mako™ Robotic Arm Assisted Joint Replacement is available for:

Talk to your surgeon to see if you are a candidate for robotic surgery.

Wondering if robotic surgery is right for you? Talk to your surgeon to see if you are a candidate.

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