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History Made With 1,000 da Vinci® Robotic Assisted Surgery at Doctors Hospital

August 02, 2012


Augusta, GA – Doctors Hospital has hit a new milestone, becoming the first hospital in the area to perform 1,000 surgeries using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.

“This is the wave of the future and I’m glad we’re helping to create a new path for surgeons,” says Dr. Cristian Thomae, OB/GYN, who performed the 1,000th robotic surgery at Doctors Hospital.

The da Vinci® robot made its debut at Doctors Hospital four years ago, in 2008.  Since then, more than a dozen surgeons have been trained to use the system at Doctors. When compared to area hospitals, Doctors has performed more than four times the amount of da Vinci® surgeries than its competitors. Currently, the minimally invasive surgeries offered at the hospital include: general surgery, bariatric, thoracic, urological, gynecological, urogynecological and colorectal.

“When I first started with the robot, I was doing 2 to 3 robotic-assisted surgeries per week, now I’m performing 8 to 9,” says Dr. Thomae.

“It feels good to be a part of history,” says Tara Smith, 1,000th da Vinci® robotic surgery patient.  “The surgery that I received was for my endometriosis and it all took less than an hour.  My scar is so small and within a few days I was fully recovered.”

How does the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical system work?

With robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon is seated comfortably at a nearby console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. The da Vinci® Surgical System delivers increased clinical capability while maintaining the same “look and feel” of open surgery.

Benefits of using the da Vinci ® Surgical System:

For the patient:

-Minimally invasive

-Minimal scarring

-Reduced pain and blood loss

-Recovery time is shorter

-The robot can reach smaller spaces than before

For the surgeon:

-Sits in a comfortable seat during the surgery, relieving them of standing for hours

-Can see a 3D image of the surgical site

-Hands are steadier

-More precise surgery

Interview Opportunities:

Dr. Cristian Thomae- OB/GYN who performed the 1,000th da Vinci® robotics surgery

Tara Smith- 1,000th da Vinci® robotic surgery patient

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