Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton Now Offering Latest Robotic Surgery Technology

Published on July 08, 2015

BRASELTON, Ga. – People northeast of Atlanta now have access to the latest robotic surgery technology, closer to home.  Alex Nguyen, MD, a surgeon with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group, performed robotic surgeries on Monday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton using the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.  NGMC Braselton is part of Northeast Georgia Health System, which is just the second healthcare group in the state using the new robotic system.

“We’ve performed robotic surgeries at NGMC Gainesville for the past seven years, and this new robot means we can perform the same surgeries better and faster than ever before,” says Dr. Nguyen.  “The new design features robotic arms overhead, which gives us access to more of the patient’s body without stopping to reposition the patient or the robot.  It’s amazing.”

Like the original da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, the Xi is designed for performing minimally-invasive surgery – similar to traditional laparoscopic surgery – that can result in less pain, smaller scars and faster recovery compared to traditional surgeries.

“With the addition of the da Vinci Xi in Braselton, our robotically-trained surgeons can choose which facility is best for each patient,” says Andrew Green, MD, a surgeon with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Gynecologic Oncology and medical director of Robotic Surgical Program at NGMC.  “And having two robots in Gainesville and one in Braselton for use at the same time means we’ll be able to offer the benefits of robotic surgery to more patients when it’s right for them.”

Surgeons guide the da Vinci Xi’s robotic arms, equipped with long, skinny surgical instruments and a camera, into the patient’s abdomen or chest through relatively small incisions – sometimes as small as a dime.  Then, using a control system, the surgeon views the camera’s real-time feed of 3D HD video and remotely moves the arms to perform the procedure within the patient's body.

Through the expertise of 20 specially trained surgeons on staff, NGMC’s Robotic Surgical Program has successfully treated more than 2,500 patients across a range of specialties including general surgery, bariatric weight loss surgery, colorectal, oncology and gynecological oncology cases.

Learn more and choose a robotically trained surgeon at

Photo Cutline:

Alex Nguyen, MD, operates on a patient with the aid of a daVinci robot.




Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton is the state’s newest hospital, that’s not a replacement or relocation, in almost 20 years.  NGMC Braselton brings services modeled around the programs of excellence at NGMC Gainesville – Georgia’s #1 Hospital (CareChex®) – to the Greater Braselton community.  These include advanced surgical and medical care, emergency services, heart and vascular services, orthopedics, cancer treatment and neurosciences.

Along with NGMC Gainesville, the two hospitals share a medical staff of nearly 600 physicians representing more than 55 specialties.  Both hospitals are part of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), a non-profit that cares for more than 800,000 people in more than 13 counties, with a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do.  Learn more at

Copyright ©2020 Northeast Georgia Health System, Inc. | 743 Spring Street Gainesville, GA 30501 | (770) 219-9000

COVID-19 questions?
Questions about COVID-19?
Our chatbot can answer simple COVID-19 questions.

Hi there! I can help quickly answer common questions about COVID-19. Please pick one of the options below.

Sent by: Northeast Georgia Health System
  • I don’t feel well. What do I do?
  • Can I visit a patient?
  • How many COVID-19 cases do you have?
  • How can I prevent COVID-19?
  • How can I help NGHS?

If you have a fever and cough or difficulty breathing, these steps will help you find the care you need and limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region:

  • Call before you come

    Please call your doctor's office or an urgent care clinic for advice about where you should go for treatment.

  • Call 9-1-1 for emergencies

    Calling 9-1-1 is always the fastest and most efficient way to get proper treatment for medical emergencies.

  • Consider staying home and taking advantage of an E-Visit

    When symptoms strike, connect with a provider through an E-Visit instead of traveling to the urgent care or the doctor’s office.

    Learn more about E-Visits from these area practices:

For the protection of our patients, staff and community, our visitation guidelines have been updated.

Click here to view our current visitation guidelines.

We update COVID-19 data on our website each day by 3:00 p.m.

Click here to view our updated information.

The best way to avoid infection is to avoid exposure. Here are simple steps you can take to lower your risk of catching or spreading illness:

  • Wear a mask – a cloth face cover can protect other people in case you are infected. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Avoid close contact – maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household. If someone in your household is sick, maintain 6 feet of distance from them as well.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching tissues.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces to help prevent the spread of germs
  • Monitor your health daily –  Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Learn more by visiting the CDC COVID-19 website.

We want to thank our community and local businesses for their amazing generosity during this time. Here are some ways you can support our community and staff:

  • Donate items and resources

    We are currently receiving donations of items and other resources through the Foundation. Learn how to donate resources and other needed items by clicking here.

  • Sew Masks for Healthcare Workers

    Many people in our community are sewing masks for our healthcare workers. We have created some mask sewing instructions and information about drop-off locations. Get detailed mask-making instructions here.

  • Send a Digital Letter

    We would like your help making digital letters for the residents at New Horizons Nursing home. Email a letter to and we will hand them out to our residents and staff to enjoy.

Reset cached