Only on News 5: Latest robotic surgery technology comes to Baldwin County hospital

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FOLEY, Ala. (WKRG) — The latest medical technology is in operation at a Baldwin County hospital and when we say “operation”, we mean that literally. Surgeons at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center are now doing surgery’s with a new tool, a robot.

The future of medicine has arrived at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, the latest version of the Da Vinci surgical robot.

“It is an upgrade on the previous version but this one allows us much more flexibility and can do more kinds of cases, more complex cases and more general surgery cases,” says general surgeon DR. Willis Nichols.  He has used it for the last six months.  “The robot is a tool just like any other surgical instrument and the surgeon is in control of it all the time.”

With a 3D, high-definition view, the surgeons’ hands control every move the robot makes.  

Last year, nearly a million robotic surgeries were performed worldwide. At South Baldwin, there were 506 and it is the patient that benefits according to Nichols.  “The smaller incisions allow people to get home quicker, allow less pain and fewer complications like hernia’s and wound infections.”

The future of medicine looks a lot like Da Vinci and it may be just what the doctor ordered. 

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