Augusta, GA – Children as young as four, teenagers, and adults took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Saturday at the Augusta Mall. They took the controls of a $2 million robot used to perform surgery.

The daVinci SI Surgery System has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, Good Morning America, and other popular shows. Surgeons at Doctors Hospital have been using the daVinci system since 2008.

Doctors Hospital and the Augusta Mall teamed up to offer the public a test drive of the cutting-edge technology that is changing the surgery experience. Young and old alike sat at the same console used by surgeons, peered into the 3D vision field, and worked the hand controls to move pennies and rubber bands.

“We wanted people to experience what the DaVinci is about,” said Sondra Smith-Lancaster, the vice-president of Business Development at Doctors Hospital. “People hear robotics and they think the robot is operating on its own. The daVinci Surgical System, though, is a tool that surgeons are using to improve the surgery experience for patients,” Smith said.

The daVinci Surgical System enables surgeons to perform complex and delicate procedures through tiny incisions with unmatched precision. With the daVinci Robotic Surgical System Augusta residents can have surgery with less pain, minimal scarring, quicker recovery time and a shorter hospital stay.