Gordon Hospital Robotic Surgery performs its 100th case

(Calhoun, Ga.) -- On Sept. 14, the Gordon Hospital Robotic Surgery team performed its 100th robotic surgery case since the introduction of the service line.

“I am extremely proud of our program and of our team for their diligent efforts,” said Dr. Hak Lee, urologic oncologist and director of robotic surgery. “But the biggest reward is seeing our patients get back to their lives quicker than they ever thought possible.”

Gordon Hospital Robotic Surgery utilizes the da Vinci surgical system, which is the latest in robotic surgical technologies. Surgeons use the system by operating through a few small incisions with a 3D high-definition vision system and wristed instruments that act more efficiently than human hands.

Gordon Hospital’s Robotic Surgery Program started with Hak Lee, MD, doing urologic surgical procedures. Then Rob Dyar, MD, and Don Taylor, MD, of Northwest Georgia Women’s Care began doing certain gynecological procedures robotically. Most recently, Craig Box, MD, and Briton Jordan, MD, of Northwest Georgia Surgical Care began performing general surgical procedures with the da Vinci surgical system.

“It has been exciting to be a part of this growing program,” said Dr. Lee. “We are committed to excellence and positive outcomes with each and every patient.”

With less patient discomfort and improved results, minimally-invasive surgery using robotic systems has become an increasingly popular option over traditional open surgery and laparoscopic surgery. Patient benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include a shorter hospitalization period, quicker healing and return to normal activity, reduced blood loss, and reduced post-procedure pain. For the physician using the robot, advantages include an enhanced and magnified view of inside the patient’s body, instruments that bend and rotate farther than human hands, and overall enhanced precision and control.

“It is a blessing for this community for Gordon Hospital to have this technology,” said Vernon Gipson, director of surgery. “It is wonderful for our patients to have the option of robotic surgery.”

“You don’t have to go to Atlanta or Chattanooga to have robotic surgery,” said Sharon Bass, robotic clinical coordinator. “We have it right here at Gordon Hospital.”

About Gordon Hospital

Founded in 1935, Gordon Hospital is proud to be a member of Adventist Health System. With 45 hospital campuses and more than 8,300 licensed beds in nine states, Adventist Health System is a faith-based healthcare organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A national leader in quality, safety, and patient satisfaction, Adventist Health System’s more than 80,000 employees maintain a tradition of whole-person health by caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of every patient. Each Adventist Health System facility operates independently in delivering care and services to best meet the needs of the local communities they serve. While each entity is unique, all remain united in one mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.