Robotic Surgery Comes to SGMC

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

Robot-assisted surgery is on its way to South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC).

Using a machine called the da Vinci Surgical System, seven area doctors will perform mostly gynecological and cardiothoracic surgeries with it.

Doctors say these procedures are less invasive than traditional surgery. The benefits include a shorter hospital stay and less bleeding.

Dr. Alex Culbreth III, a physician with Southern OB/GYN, is one of the doctors who will be performing robotic surgery at SGMC, "We're taking smaller incisions, a centimeter to two centimeters. And although we're doing the same surgery on the inside of the abdominal cavity, we avoid the larger incision."

Doctors say the first surgical robotics procedure will be a hysterectomy on April 18.

They say outpatient care is only about 10 to 12 hours, rather than the typical two to three-day hospital stay.

The machine cost $1.5 million and was paid for by the hospital using a Certificate of Need (CON), said Dr. Culbreth.


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  • by Bob on Apr 8, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    Expect to see more of these as private insurance companies price doctors out of business.
  • by A little skeptical for me Location: Florida on Apr 8, 2011 at 07:50 AM
    If I need surgery, I want a live human doctor to operate on me. Robots are computorized equipment that can malfunction which could jepordize patient safety. At least a human surgeon will use his senses of touch, sight, sound & smell along with his professional clinical skills, and experience to make split second decisions in case the unexpected happens that can save a patient's life. I'm skepical that a robot can access a problem quick enough in case somthing goes wrong. Perhaps when I see a high sucess rate of robot surgeries at Archibold, I may change my mnd.
  • by Archbold Location: Thomasville on Apr 8, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    We got it 1st!!!
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