Surgeons at Northeast Georgia Medical Center have now performed more than 5,000 robotic procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System.
“Our patients benefit tremendously from robotic surgery as compared to traditional procedures which often require larger, open incisions,” says Andrew Green, MD, a gynecologic oncologist with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group and medical director of the Robotic Surgical Program at NGMC. “Common advantages include smaller incisions and less blood loss, which can also decrease the need for narcotic pain medicine. These benefits often translate to a shorter hospital stay and, in general, a quicker return to normal activities for our patients.”
The program includes more than 30 specially-trained surgeons representing a multitude of specialties: bariatric, colorectal, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, thoracic, urology and general surgery.
Available at NGMC’s Gainesville and Braselton campuses, it allows surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through tiny incisions with breakthrough vision, precision, dexterity, and control. In some cases, surgeons can even use the robot to perform procedures through the patient’s navel, resulting in virtually no scarring.
In addition to providing robotic surgical services for its patients, NGMC also serves as a teaching facility for other surgeons and staff from across the U.S. who want to learn and fine-tune these techniques.