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 surgery 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 14 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
Robotic surgery allows physicians to do complex surgeries with smaller incisions, less pain and less risk of infection.
For example, the length-of-stay in the hospital for a patient who has a an open colon resection is typically around a week versus just 1 ½ to 2 ½ days for a patient who has the same procedure performed by a surgeon with the assistance of a robotic surgical system.
Less tissue manipulation limits how much the tissues are altered and how long body processes go uninterrupted, which enables patients to have quicker recoveries and get back to their lives faster.