Local Student Names MCCG's Surgical Robot

Local Student Names MCCG's Surgical Robot

Contest Winner and Community Children Invited to "Name The Robot"Event and Teddy Bear Clinic 

MACON, GA (Thursday, November 8, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) announced today that Caymen Watson,10, astudent at Hunt Elementary School in Ft. Valley,is the winner of its recent “Name Our Surgery Robot” contest.

Caymenwon when his submission – “Surgeo” – was chosen from more than 100 entries into the contest to name MCCG's pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system. Caymenwill be recognized at this Saturday's “Name The Robot” Event and Teddy Bear Clinic when hewill be the first to visit the Teddy Bear Clinic and will receive a $50 Target gift card. Caymen will be available for media interviews at 8:45 a.m.

Children and their families are invited to MCCG this Saturday, November 10 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. this Saturday for a chance to meet MCCG's pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system. Children will have the opportunity to prepare a teddy bear for surgery, observe as the teddy bear receives an operation with the daVinci® robot, and will be given a teddy bear and a goody bag to take home.

MCCG began performing pediatric operations with the daVinci® robotic surgery system earlier this year. Pediatric procedures performed by the daVinci® system offer the surgeon superior visualization and control. Young patients benefit from this less invasive surgery method in several ways. By choosing to use daVinci®, the patient may experience less pain, less blood loss, fewer stitches, less  need for narcotics, faster recovery time and a quicker return to normal activities. Dr. Joshua Glenn, pediatric surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at The Children's Hospital, and Dr. Bryan Weidner, pediatric surgeon, are currently the only general pediatric surgeon in the state trained in the pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system.

Those attending the “Name the Robot” Teddy Bear Clinic may park in MCCG's Green Parking Deck at no charge. Visit MCCG's Main Information Desk, at the 777 Hemlock Street entrance, and ask to visit the robot.