Menorah Medical Center
June 24, 2013

Steve Wilkinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Menorah Medical Center

Menorah Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City's largest healthcare provider and private sector employer—was the first Johnson County hospital to offer single-incision gallbladder surgery using the da Vinci surgical system. The da Vinci Single-Site robotic technology leaves patients virtually free of scars versus traditional surgery, which requires one long incision below the ribs and other laparoscopic procedures that leave four small incisions on the torso.

Menorah has done more of the single-site gallbladders on the da Vinci than any other Johnson County hospital since offering the procedure last September.

Physicians Lon McCroskey, MD, FACS, board-certified surgeon and Ragnar Peterson, MD, FACS, board-certified surgeon use this innovate, leading-edge technique. Both physicians are specially trained on using the da Vinci.

“Surgeons like Dr. McCroskey and Dr. Peterson who are trained on leading-edge technology like the da Vinci, provide state-of-the-art care for our patients,” says Steve Wilkinson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Menorah Medical Center. “The da Vinci technology offers patients an exciting breakthrough in gallbladder surgical techniques.”

Menorah’s highly skilled da Vinci® trained surgeons are dedicated to delivering the most advanced care with greater precision, control and access to hard-to-reach areas. During the procedure, the surgeon sits comfortably at a console, viewing a 3-D, high-definition image, of the patient’s anatomy. da Vinci® allows extremely complex operations to be performed through one small incision, with minimal pain for the patient, less blood loss and reduced risk of infection.

Controls below the da Vinci viewer move the surgical instrument arms and camera. In real-time, the system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient. Individuals who have surgery with the assistance of the da Vinci® robot can experience both medical and cosmetic benefits, including potentially shorter recovery times than with traditional surgery. Many patients are able to return home the very same day.

“It is exciting to have this technology available to patients,” says Dr. McCroskey.  “It illustrates Menorah Medical Center’s commitment to providing patients with the highest level of surgical care while utilizing the latest and least invasive surgical options.”

“By using this single-site robotic platform, surgeons pair the dexterity, control and high-definition 3-D vision found in traditional robotic surgery, with the ability to perform the procedure through a nearly invisible scar inside the navel,” says Dr. Peterson.

At Menorah Medical Center, surgeons perform various types of robotic-assisted surgeries in addition to gallbladder surgery, including surgical procedures for gynecologic, prostate, kidney, urological and colorectal conditions. For more information on robotic surgeries at Menorah Medical Center, visit