NGMC to get state’s most advanced robotic surgery system

Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey was among the first health systems in the country to launch the da Vinci 5 surgical robot. Here, a Hackensack University Medical Center doctor uses the new system. Northeast Georgia Health System will soon join them. (Photo courtesy Hackensack Meridian Health)

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville will be the first hospital in Georgia to acquire the newest and most advanced robotic surgical system, according to a news release from the hospital.

The da Vinci 5 is part of Intuitive’s newest platform. It features more than 150 design innovations that aim to improve efficiency and results. The system is controlled by the surgeon and allows for more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body, the release states.

NGMC acquired its first da Vinci surgical system in 2008. The hospital expects to soon expand to nine robots across two campuses in Gainesville and Braselton. Surgeons at NGMC Gainesville will begin operating with the system this summer.

“The da Vinci 5 will be an exciting addition to our fleet of advanced robotic surgery technologies,” said Parker Long, DO, OB/GYN with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group and medical director of robotic surgery at NGMC. “We’re proud to be a leader in Georgia for robotic surgery and are looking forward to treating more patients using minimally invasive options so they can get back to living their lives faster and with less pain.”

NGMC is one of only two hospitals in the state offering robotic heart surgery.

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