Center for Robotic Surgery

Center for Robotic Surgery

The Sacred Heart Center for Robotic Surgery has helped over 1,500 people since the hospital acquired its first da Vinci robot in December of 2006.  We now have eighteen surgeons from five surgical disciplines using robotic surgery to better the lives of our patients.   Based on increasing needs of patients in our area, Sacred Heart added a second robot in 2010. We also replaced our original robot in 2013 so that we would have the best technology available for our surgeons and patients.

The da Vinci is a system that uses advanced, robotic technology to help your surgeon with your operation. The robot does not act on its own and its movements are controlled by your surgeon. With da Vinci surgery, the cuts (incisions) made in your body by your surgeon are much smaller than the cut made during traditional (also called “open”) surgery. Patients who have robotic surgery often experience a shorter hospital stay, less pain and blood loss, and a faster recovery.

When the program began, the da Vinci was first used by urologists for prostate cancer surgery. It has since expanded, and the da Vinci is also used for other urologic surgeries, hysterectomies, general surgeries, and ear, nose and throat surgeries. 

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Our Robotic Surgery Providers: 

Erica Barrette, MD, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology

Greg Burnett, MD, Marshfield Clinic

Sara Cochrane, MD, Marshfield Clinic

Rima DeFatta, MD, DeFatta ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery

Robert DeFatta, MD, DeFatta ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery

Rebecca England, MD, Marshfield Clinic

David Hirsch, MD, Marshfield Clinic

Michael Hirsh, MD, Western Wisconsin Urology

James Iwakiri, MD, Western Wisconsin Urology

Chris Longbella, MD, Southside OB-GYN

Amy Lysy, MD, Marshfield Clinic

Robert Maslonkowski, MD, Marshfield Clinic

Subramanian Natarajan, MD, Marshfield Clinic

Josiah Nelson, MD, Western Wisconsin Urology

Christopher Tornehl, MD, Western Wisconsin Urology

John Waciuma, MD, HSHS Sacred Heart - Heart & Vascular Center

Brent Wogahn, MD, Evergreen Surgical