NGMC first Ga. hospital to operate with new robotic system

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville is the first hospital in the state to perform robotic surgery with the da Vinci 5 surgical system.

Ron Lewis, MD, medical director of Perioperative Services at NGMC and a general surgeon with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group, performed the first procedure using the new robotic system.

Da Vinci 5 is Intuitive’s newest platform and offers more than 150 design innovations. 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.

NGMC acquired its first da Vinci surgical system in 2008 and has expanded to nine robotic surgical systems across two hospital campuses in Gainesville and Braselton. NGMC has more than 50 trained surgeons on medical staff who have performed more than 24,000 robotic procedures combined.