Robotic Surgery

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The skilled surgeons with Meritas Health, a subsidiary of North Kansas City Hospital, have been using robotic technology to perform minimally invasive surgeries for more than a decade. Used in many specialties, including colon & rectal, gynecology, urology and general surgery, this advanced technology gives patients a more precise procedure with many benefits over traditional surgery, including:

  • Better clinical outcomes in many cases
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced risk of infection and complications
  • Shorter hospital stay and faster recovery
  • Significantly less pain

Not everyone is a candidate for robotic surgery. Talk with your doctor about your surgical options or contact a robotics specialist at North Kansas City Hospital.

Robotic Procedures

Our da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System allows surgeons to perform complex procedures through a few tiny incisions. The system’s miniature camera gives your surgeon a remarkably clear and magnified high-definition view inside the body. This view, combined with the miniaturized, flexible surgical instruments controlled by the surgeon, help take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand to offer a higher level of precision and control.


  • Adrenal gland tumor removal (adrenalectomy)
  • Bladder removal and creation of a drain, also known as a stoma (cystectomy with ileal conduit)
  • Clearing of obstruction between the kidney and the bladder (pyeloplasty)
  • Kidney cyst removal (renal cyst decortication)
  • Kidney and ureter removal (nephroureterectomy)
  • Kidney removal, part or all (nephrectomy, partial or radical)
  • Prostate gland removal (prostatectomy)
  • Repositioning of the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder (ureteral reimplantation)

Read about one patient's experience with robotic kidney removal.


General Surgery

Colon and Rectal

Hernia Repairs Go High-tech

Art Stratman

Art Stratman was a good candidate for robotic surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. Using robotic technology helped eliminate post-surgery pain.

Read Art's Story