First and foremost, I am a urologist who provides care to my patients. I am also the director of the Monument Health Robotics Program, which gives me the opportunity to collaborate with different specialties such as neurosurgery, general surgery and pulmonary medicine — which also use robotics during surgery.
We are building a world-class group of robotic surgeons who are on the cutting edge of medicine — right here in the Black Hills. It's important to me that surgeries go well, the outcomes are good and we don't have a lot of readmissions or patients having to return for more unplanned care. To accomplish this goal, we are continuously building our robotics program to utilize the best equipment.
I have a special interest in urological cancer and am passionate about providing great cancer care. I love collaborating with my colleagues in different specialties, such as medical oncology and radiation oncology, to give patients the best outcome they can get. We have a chance to cure a lot of diseases as surgeons and it makes me happy to be able to do that. One way we have ensured those high-quality outcomes is by expanding the technology with a single port robotics system.
Monument Health has the first single port robotic surgical arm in use in South Dakota. The single port reduces the number of incisions needed to perform surgery and is clinically proven to reduce post-procedure pain. The single port allows surgeons more versatility, allowing them to work in smaller areas or in areas with existing scar tissue.