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MCCG Leads Region in Volume of Procedures Performed with Robotics

MCCG Leads Region in Volume of Procedures Performed with Robotics

Addition of daVinci® Si Contributes to Market Dominance   

MACON, GA (Monday, November 26, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) now leads theregion in the volume of procedures performed with thedaVinci® robotic surgery system. With the recent addition of an upgraded robotic system, MCCG expects to continue leading the minimally invasive surgical market. 

The daVinci® robotic surgery system assists surgeons as they perform minimally invasive surgeries. MCCG was the first hospital in Central Georgia to acquire the daVinci® technology in 2007, and since that time the robotic system has assisted urologists, gynecologists, cardiologists, general surgeons, and most recently, pediatric surgeons.

Now MCCG has acquired the newest product from the daVinci® line, daVinci® Si. The new system offers an enhanced high definition 1080i 3D view of the surgical site with up to 10 times magnification, and digital operating room integration. The technology provides the surgeon greater range of motion, as well as tremor filtration and motion control.

In addition, daVinci® Si allows for the attachment of a new operating platform, Single-Site Instrumentation. Single-Site Instrumentation allows the surgeon to remove the gallbladder from a single incision, an incision in the navel approximately one inch in size that leaves no visible scar. This is the first step toward implementing single-site robotic techniques in other procedures that currently require multiple or large incisions.

Robotic assisted surgery has provided a minimally invasive procedure to more patients that would otherwise have to have multiple incisions or traditional open surgery. The technology of single site robotics provides a safer technique to do a single incision laparoscopic surgery,” said Dr. John Williams, IV, FACS, Surgeon with Macon Surgical Associates.

This new instrumentation, like the entire daVinci® system, not only offers multiple benefits to the surgeon, but also to the patient. 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.

“In the age of minimally invasive surgery, this is another tool to offer patients a safe, single incision option. This is cosmetically pleasing to patients in addition to getting them back to work quicker,” said Dr. RobertParel, II, FACS, Surgeon with Surgical Associates of Macon.


These benefits are not limited to adult patients. Beginning in 2012, The Children's Hospital at MCCG became the only hospital in the state to offer daVinci® assisted surgeries for pediatric patients. Dr. Josh 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 surgeons in the state trained in the pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system.


“We want only the best for our smallest and most fragile patients, and MCCG provides this state-of-the-art technology to the children of Georgia. No one else in the state of Georgia is offering this service to children and it can only be found here at The Children's Hospital at MCCG,” said Dr. Glenn. 

The daVinci® robotic surgery system is changing the surgical experience for Central Georgians who choose MCCG. State-of-the-art technology is one of the ways MCCG is striving for superior outcomes for all patients, both young and old.