Gudvangen Trained to Perform Robotic-Assisted Surgery

  • February 17, 2014

OBGYN Richard Gudvangen, M.D.
OBGYN Richard Gudvangen, M.D.

OBGYN Dr. Richard Gudvangen recently became certified to perform robotic-assisted surgery at Brookings Health System.

Gudvangen is trained to perform a range of gynecological procedures using the da Vinci robotic surgical system, including hysterectomy and incontinence procedures, and applies his years of OBGYN experience and knowledge to the new technology.

A physician at Avera Medical Clinic, a Department of Brookings Health System, Gudvangen is a member of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. He performed his residency at the University of New York Health Science Center, Syracuse, and he also holds a master’s in microbiology from Trinity University, San Antonio.

Robotic-assisted surgery provides additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room, resulting in improved patient outcomes. Patient benefits of robotic surgery include decreased pain and minimal scarring. They also have less risk of infection, blood loss, and shorter hospital stays.

Last March, Brookings Health System became the third health care provider in the state to actively offer advanced robotic surgical technology.

Brookings Health System’s surgical services offers a full range of inpatient, outpatient (same-day surgery), and emergency surgical treatments provided by skilled surgeons and professional support staff. To learn more about Brookings Health System’s surgical services, please call (605) 696-8888 or visit

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, Arlington Medical Center and White Medical Clinic. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at