Mayo in Mankato adds more robotic surgery options

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MANKATO — Surgeons say the continued expansion of robotic surgery options at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato will allow for more minimally invasive procedures.The health system recently added a new DaVinci Xi robot for the urology, gynecology and general surgery departments. The orthopedic surgery department also received a new robot this week.Surgical staff will train to use the latest technology, with the DaVinci set to debut in August.
“It actually gives us a lot more versatility with what we can do,” said Dr. Tara Krosch, a general and trauma surgeon, of the new technology. “The focus is still the same though, to allow for more minimally invasive surgeries.”Krosch is also vice chair of the health system’s clinical practice in surgical specialties. She said Mayo in Mankato went from having two surgeons using robotic surgery to nine over about the last two years.One of the nine surgeons, Dr. Derek Gearman, joined the team last year to provide prostate surgeries. His arrival meant Mayo in Mankato’s patients no longer needed to go Rochester for the treatment like they had in past years.Gearman’s robotic surgery capabilities include the partial or complete removal of prostates, removing …

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