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Physicians Leading the Way in Cutting Edge Robotics Surgery
Georgia's premier surgeon in performing cutting edge procedures using robotic-assisted technology is right here at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. Single-site (or single incision) surgery is performed with the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System by Dr. Sylvester McRae.
He has performed more single site procedures than 98% of the physicians in the nation.
Dr. Sylvester McRae has been performing robotic procedures since shortly after he joined the St. Francis medical staff in 2010. His first robotic procedure was performed in October 2011, and his first single-site procedure was in May 2014. To date, he has completed 900 robotic procedures, with 182 of those being single-site surgeries, meaning all done through the umbilicus (or belly button).
Performing robotic surgery requires a physician to be proficient as an advanced laparoscopic surgeon before even qualifying for robotics training. Once proficiency is demonstrated with multi-port robotics, additional training can be pursued for single-site robotics.
The recovery time for a single-site robotic procedure is similar that for multi-port surgery. The advantage is purely cosmetic, in that is requires just one small incision inside the belly button versus 4-5 small incisions in and around the area. Most hysterectomies and myomectomies can be performed through either single-site or multi-port robotics.
Dr. Sylvester McRae is making history through using robotics in gynecologic procedures.