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New Atrium Health Navicent Robot Increases Capacity for Minimally-invasive Surgeries

A leader in robotics surgery in central Georgia for 15 years, Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center has added a third Intuitive Da Vinci robot to increase capacity for minimally-invasive surgeries.

“Using a robot as a tool, surgeons can utilize finer, more precise movements than allowed using laparoscopic instruments, and often make smaller incisions, resulting in safer surgeries and faster recovery times for patients,” said Dr. Danny Vaughn, an Atrium Health Navicent general and bariatric surgeon who also serves as Atrium Health Navicent’s director of robotic surgery. “By adding a third robot, we’re showing a commitment to making top technology and techniques available for patients here, close to home.”

Having a third robot also allows Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center to now offer robotic surgery for emergency and critical care procedures such as hernia cases with obstructions, complicated gallbladder surgeries and abdominal wall and diaphragm procedures. Other common surgeries utilizing surgery robots include gastric bypass and gastric sleeve, prostatectomy and gynecological procedures.

“The optics are incredible and the ergonomics of the instruments allows for near similar dexterity as if you were using your own hands,” said Dr. Benjie Christie, an Atrium Health Navicent critical care surgeon. “The robotic technology makes harder procedures easier for the provider, therefore safer for the patients, which leads to quicker recovery times.”

In 2022, physicians performed more than 900 robotic surgeries at Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center.

Having a third robot also increases availability for surgeons to train – working with a skilled surgeon – to grow their skillset. Trainees can be in the middle of the 3D action, as opposed to watching from a distance.

In addition to Atrium Health Navicent surgeons, community physicians trained in robotics schedule their surgeries at Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center to offer minimally invasive options for their patients.

“Robotic surgery is the future, and Atrium Health Navicent is on the leading edge,” Vaughn said. “With the benefits to surgeons and patients, it’s a win-win to schedule a procedure at a hospital that’s made this commitment to quality and the safest patient outcomes.”

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