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Wilmington Health performs inaugural robotic surgery

Wilmington Health is the first free-standing medical facility in the state to offer robotic surgery. (Courtesy Wilmington Health)

WILMINGTON — Robotic surgery is now available in the Cape Fear region, offering minimally invasive procedures spanning numerous specialties.

Wilmington Health recently introduced the technology in its ambulatory surgery center in Wilmington. It marks the medical facility the first stand-alone — non-hospital affiliated — to use robotic surgical equipment in North Carolina.

Robotic surgery is cutting-edge technology providing a number of advantages to patients over traditional surgery including faster recovery times, quicker resumption of regular activities, reduced post-operative pain, decreased reliance on opiates, and more affordable care.

According to a press release from Wilmington Health, robotic surgery reports significantly lower complication and admission rates, as well as lower infection rates, making it preferable for soft tissue surgery.

Partnering with Intuitive Surgical and the Da Vinci Surgical Systems, Wilmington Health can now utilize the XI multi-port robotic platform. The system enhances control, precision, and visualization during surgical procedures.

Tuesday marked the inaugural surgery with the technology, performed by Dr. Jayme Stokes.

“Robotic surgery represents a significant advancement in medical technology, and we are proud to bring this cutting-edge option to our patients at our Ambulatory Surgery Center,” Stokes said in the release. “With robotic surgery, we can achieve superior precision and efficiency while minimizing the invasiveness of procedures. This technology allows for faster recovery times and reduced pain, ultimately enhancing the patient experience.”

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