By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Robotic Surgery Expansion Provides Patients More Options
By Staff Reports

Lawrenceville - Recently, Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) obtained a second da Vinci® Surgical System designated for single site and laparoscopic surgery. According to local surgeons, robotic surgery promotes precision and efficiency. 

“The da Vinci® Surgical System Robot, with its precision and 3D camera, allows us to do single incision surgery, like gallbladder removal or cholecystectomy, in a very precise manner,” says James Elsey, MD, a vascular surgeon at GMC. “This is in-line with a national trend towards limiting surgical incisions.”  

“Through the robotic system, we are able to offer single incision surgery to more types of patients,” confirmed David Schmidt, MD, who is also affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center. “It allows us to perform advanced operations with optimal 3-D visualization.”

According to Dr. Schmidt, they will soon offer robotic surgery as an option to patients requiring more complex laparoscopic procedures. 

Surgeons have full control, directing the robot to make precise movements. The da Vinci® Surgical Systemhas 3-D vision and a magnified view; it provides the surgeons with full control of the laparoscopic instruments.  This allows physicians to perform surgery using laparoscopic instruments, which mimic the way human hands and wrists work in open surgery. Additionally, GMC offers robotic-assisted surgery for Bariatrics, Gynecological Cancer, Prostate Cancer and Thoracic.