NGMC Gainesville to be first in Georgia to acquire new surgical robotic system

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Patients seeking surgery in Georgia will soon have access to the newest and most advanced robotic technology close to home. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville will be the first hospital in Georgia to acquire the da Vinci 5 surgical system as a robotic surgical option.

“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.”

Da Vinci 5 is Intuitive’s newest platform and offers more than 150 design innovations to improve efficiency and results. As with all da Vinci surgical systems, the surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic-assisted system, which translates their hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.

In 2008, NGMC acquired its first da Vinci surgical system and will soon expand to nine robots across two hospital campuses in Gainesville and Braselton. Among its five Centers of Excellence (COE) accreditations by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), NGMC Gainesville is accredited as a robotic surgery COE. NGMC Braselton has earned two COE accreditations from SRC, including one in robotic surgery. Additionally, NGMC is one of only two hospitals in the state offering robotic heart surgery. Surgeons at NGMC Gainesville will begin operating with the da Vinci 5 surgical system this summer.

“Being a Center of Excellence means that we are held to a higher standard and have an even greater focus on improving quality, safety and outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Long.

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