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Northeast Georgia Medical Center adds 2nd surgical robot

POSTED: April 24, 2014 11:38 p.m.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville is one of only two hospitals in the state to have two da Vinci Surgical System robots, and Thursday, employees and others got to test drive one.

Surgeons can perform delicate operations with tiny incisions using the robotic system. It reduces blood loss, pain and recovery time, according to the hospital.

Surgeries including gall bladder removals and hysterectomies are performed through the navel, leaving little scarring.
The hospital got its first da Vinci system in 2009 thanks to an anonymous $1 million gift to The Medical Center Foundation. Since then, doctors have completed more than 1,400 procedures on it. That robot was recently upgraded with the same software that is on the newly purchased robot.

“Providing the highest quality care to our patients is our No. 1 priority,” said Carol Burrell, president and CEO of the health system. “Acquiring the latest and most advanced surgical technologies, including the newest models of the da Vinci Surgical System, supports our commitment to offer the best surgical experience and patient outcome possible.”

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