Thanks to high precision instruments and tiny incisions, robotic-assisted surgeons give people a chance to have better outcomes—such as less recovery pain, fewer complications and shorter hospital stays, or for some outpatient procedures, no hospital stay at all.
World-class robotic services close to home
“We offer patients the best-in-class robotic surgical services, spanning from cancer and cardiothoracic procedures to highly coordinated bariatric robotic surgery—and everything in between,” said Dr. Scott Miller, a Wellstar urologist in North Fulton.
Wellstar has grown to house 13 state-of-the-art da Vinci robotic surgical systems at several of our hospitals and two outpatient surgery centers.
Because of the remarkable demand for robotics and the comprehensive offerings of the program, Wellstar recently named Dr. Miller the Director of Robotic Surgical Services. In his role, he ensures best practices are followed to deliver consistent, high-quality robotic procedures across all Wellstar locations.
Tiny instruments, big benefits
“One of the great things about robotic surgery is that we can do bigger operations through smaller incisions,” said Dr. Harry Lightfoot, a general surgeon at Wellstar Cobb Hospital and Wellstar Vinings Health Park. “Ultimately, that has a better impact on patients. Robotic surgery allows me to do complex work with less pain, less risk of infection—and it helps the patients get back to their lives faster.”
Dr. Lightfoot compared the length-of-stay in the hospital for a patient who has a robotic colon resection versus an open procedure. The majority of his patients go home within 1 ½ to 2 ½ days but a patient who has an open procedure stays in the hospital around a week.
“The idea is to have the least amount of tissue manipulation,” he explained. “By limiting the how much we alter the tissues, body processes go uninterrupted, and patients have quicker recoveries.”