August 29, 2014
Valdosta, GA - A multi-million dollar medical robot was on display at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta Friday.
The Da Vinci Robot is a system used in minimally invasive surgeries. Surgeons at SGMC, have been using the robot for nearly four years. Not all patients qualify for the Da Vinci system, and not all surgeons use the robot.
"There are smaller incisions, so there's less risk of infection and less blood loss. The patients are sometimes going home the same day, a lot of them. We have some of them that will go home, they have less pain, versus the open procedure. Sometimes with the open procedure, you're in the hospital up to a week, or even longer. These patients are going back to work in less than 2 weeks", says Megan Taylor, an RN and Robotics Coordinator at SGMC.
So far this year, a total of 674 Da Vinci procedures have been performed at SGMC.