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Robotic Surgery – Emory Johns Creek, Making Big Strides with Tiny Instruments

Last year, Emory Johns Creek Hospital purchased a da Vinci® Surgical System and took robotic-assisted surgery at the hospital to a whole new level. The da Vinci® SI, or Streamlined Integrated, is the most technologically advanced system available on the market. It allows surgeons to use tiny robotic instruments they control in real-time to perform minimally invasive procedures requiring only small incisions.

Amy Fischer, Director of Surgical Services for the hospital, says robotic surgery offers patients “a much quicker recovery with virtually no scarring.” It can also simplify more complex surgeries. “Patients who would normally be down and out for six weeks are up and going in a matter of two to three weeks,” says Fischer. “They use less pain medication, and there’s less risk of infection.”

Gynecological surgeons were the first to use the system, to perform hysterectomies and remove fibroids with less pain and blood loss and, in many cases, preserving fertility.

“We hit the ground running and have really just soared with the program,” Fischer says. “In a matter of a year we have grown to offering not just GYN surgery, but general surgery, GYN-Oncology, colorectal and bariatrics.”

Bariatric surgeons are now also using robotic technology to perform gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss, and Emory Johns Creek Hospital was only the second in the Atlanta area to perform Single-SiteTM gallbladder surgery, a procedure that is now used nationwide. Using Single-SiteTM technology, a cholecystectomy can be performed in about one hour, with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours. Thanks to its success with the procedure, the hospital will soon be a case observation site.

Over the past year, more than 300 patients have benefited from the da Vinci® Surgical System. “We have a phenomenal team that has grown with the program,” Fischer says. “And we have had excellent patient outcomes.”

For more information about Emory Johns Creek Hospital and the DaVinci technology visit our website today.

Second Graders Help Name Emory Johns Creek Hospital Robot!

Emory Johns Creek Hospital Robotics Open HouseEmory Johns Creek Hospital has a new da Vinci® robot, and the second grade students at State Bridge Elementary School have helped us name it! At the beginning of April, the second graders were invited to participate in our “Name the Robot” contest. They colored in pictures of the robot and suggested fun names for it. They also learned how the hospital uses this revolutionary robotic technology for surgery. Johns Creek High School’s Robotics Seminar students chose the winning name for us from among the entries.

The “Name the Robot” contest winner will get a behind-the scenes tour of one of Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s operating rooms, and everyone in the winner’s class will receive acoupon from Chick-fil-A. A prize is also being awarded forthe most artistic coloring. The kids did a great job, and their colorful entries will be display in the hospital’s cafeteria from April 23 to May 8. We cannot wait to announce the winner Tuesday, May 8, at our “Name the Robot” Open House! We will celebrate with juice and cookies and a robot demonstration, and you are invited to join us. We hope to see you there!

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