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The da Vinci Surgical System Fact Sheet

Our team of da Vinci surgeons from Rockford Urological Associates (RUA) performing da Vinci procedures at Rockford Memorial Hospital includes Mark Cormier, M.D.,  Michael Fumo, M.D. and Doug Roegner, M.D.

Rockford Memorial Hospital

2400 North Rockton Ave.

Rockford, IL 61103

(815) 971-5000

Rockford Urological Associates

351 Executive Parkway

Rockford, IL 61107

(815) 398-4057

For more information about the da Vinci Surgical System, visit our Web site at

Detailed information about the da Vinci system also can be found at the following Web sites:

  • Surgery information site, detailed information from Intuitive about procedures done with da Vinci, can be found at

Other facts about the da Vinci Surgical System:

  • The system has been used in thousands of surgical procedures around the world and is found at the leading medical centers in the U.S.
  • Among the nearly 5,800 hospitals in the U.S., there are currently 550 da Vinci Surgical Systems in place. 
  • In Illinois, there are 19 da Vinci systems in use.  The da Vinci system at Rockford Memorial Hospital is the only da Vinci between Chicago and Iowa.
  • The da Vinci surgical team at Rockford Memorial Hospital includes the primary urological surgeon (Michael Fumo, M.D.), assisting urological surgeon (Mark Cormier, M.D., or Doug Roegner, M.D.), one anesthesiologist, one scrub nurse and two circulating nurses.
  • Surgical team training includes hands-on training, multiple practice sessions and "dry runs," along with online training courses. Surgical team members have also completed on-site training and observation at Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit, the leading site in the U.S. for da Vinci procedures. Our surgeons earn credentials to perform and assist in da Vinci procedures either through training courses or through training in residency.
  • Instruments: various laparoscopic instruments and tools are used during the procedure, specially designed for the da Vinci robot and minimally-invasive procedures.


  • Initial incisions:  during a da Vinci procedure, the surgeon makes the initial incision by hand and closes the incisions at the end of the procedure.  These are small punctures only.  In a prostatectomy, there are four incisions made: four for the robot arms and two for the assistants.
  • Lighting in the OR:  Surgeons work in a darkened OR by viewing a high-definition video monitor. The surgeon is viewing a 3-D image on the monitor and operating the instruments.  The tips of the instruments are mimicking the exact hand and finger motions of the surgeon.
  • OR Setup:  The distance between the "hood" where the surgeon is seated and the patient is about 10 feet. The primary surgeon goes back and forth between the hood and the patient and closes the incisions by hand after the robotic work is done.
  • OR Team Positions: The assisting surgeon is placed at the patient's right side and the scrub nurse is on the left side.  The anesthesiologist is seated at the patient's head for monitoring.  The circulating nurses assist the entire surgical team in caring for and protecting the patient.
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