Jackson Hospital reaches robotic milestone

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Jackson Hospital has reached a milestone in healthcare. It says it has now performed its 100th robotic procedure during surgery.

The daVinci® S HD surgical system, started in the Fall of 2008, was designed to offer patients the most comprehensive, minimally invasive surgical option. The system has been used for numerous gynecologic and urological procedures according to the hospital.

(Want to see how the robot works? Scroll down the page for a video tutorial courtesy of daVincisurgery.com)

"Not only are we excited about reaching this milestone, we are also celebrating new achievements as the first trachelectomy using our robotic system was performed," said Don Henderson, CEO and president of Jackson Hospital.  "This robotic system is one of the latest evolutions in robotics technology and we are proud to offer it to patients in the tri-county area.  But more importantly we are encouraged by the tremendous results we have seen thus far."

Christopher R. Duggar, MD, of Central Alabama OB-Gyn Associates and chief of staff at Jackson Hospital, performed the 100th procedure, which entailed removal of the cervix.  He says he's also anticipating another first using the robotic system - removal of fibroids.

"The results have been amazing," said Dr. Duggar.  "The quick recovery time, often 24 hour release from the hospital and five to seven day recovery as opposed to two to four weeks, along with less bleeding, less post operative pain, and the cosmetically pleasing aspect of using the robot, make this a very appealing option for many of our patients.  And it's exciting to take it to the next level and offer additional procedures using this system."

The daVinci system places a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic system allowing surgeons to perform the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions.

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