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da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Introducing the amazing da Vinci Surgical System.

St. Mary’s is the first health care provider in the Athens area to offer this powerful new surgical tool to the community. The da Vinci Surgical System at St. Mary’s enables physicians to perform surgery in a manner never before experienced. Even the most complicated and delicate procedures can be performed through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • And in many cases, better clinical outcomes

Surgeons performing robotic surgery at St. Mary’s:

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Ruth M. Cline, MD
Athens OB/GYN
Andrew H. Herrin, MD
Athens OB/GYN
Rachel F. Murthy, MD
Athens OB/GYN
Thomas T. Sholes, MD
Sholes Center for Women’s Health
Vincent J. Maffei, MD
Athens Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
Chris E. Malone, MD
Athen’s Vein and Thoracic Specialists
John C. Blankenship, MD
Urology Group of Athens
Catherine E. Schwender, MD
Urology Group of Athens
Robert Byrne, MD
The Urology Clinic
Matthew C. Steele
Athens Area Urology
General Surgery
Gregory A. Delaurier, MD
Athens Regional Specialty Services
Ashlee R. Kimbrell, MD
Piedmont Physician Group
Whitney L. Webb, MD
Piedmont Physician Group
Aaron Carr, MD
Athens General & Colorectal Surgeons


St. Mary’s employs daVinci robotic surgery in procedures including:

Urologic Thoracic Gynecologic General Surgery
Partial Nephrectomy
Lung resections
Mediastinal Tumor Resection
Esophageal Surgery
Total hysterectomy
Supercervical hysterectomy
Myomectomy (Fibroid Tumor Removal)
Ovarian Cystectomy
Endometriosis excision procedures
Anterior Colon Resection


How it works

The da Vinci System seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand movements at the console instrument controls into corresponding micro-movements of instruments positioned inside the patient.

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Overall, the da Vinci System provides our surgeons with better visualization, dexterity, precision and control than with open surgery, while enabling operation through 1-2 cm incisions.

  • Superior Visualization
  • Revolutionary true-to-life 3-D vision
  • Bright, crisp, high-resolution image
  • Immersive view of the surgical field

The da Vinci System provides visualization of the target anatomy unlike that ever experienced, with natural depth-of-field, enhanced contrast and magnification for more accurate tissue identification and tissue layer differentiation.

Improved visualization also enables surgeons to perform delicate tissue handling and dissection with added precision – even in confined spaces. This precision minimizes the chances of trauma to surrounding structures and tissues such as the neurovascular bundle located near the prostate.

  • Enhanced Dexterity, Precision and Control
  • Fingertip control of EndoWrist® Instruments
  • 4 robotic arms enable Solo Surgery™
  • 7 degrees of freedom – 90 degrees of articulation
  • Motion scaling and tremor reduction

The da Vinci System’s tremor reduction, motion control and proprietary EndoWrist instrumentation enhance ambidexterity for precision and control beyond the capabilities of the human hand. The surgeon can now move instruments with such accuracy that the current definition of surgical precision is exceeded.

Added instrument range-of-motion enhances access and safety while operating in the confined space of the closed chest, abdomen or pelvis. This enables our surgeons to more accurately and easily perform complex surgical maneuvers through small “ports,” eliminating the need for large, traumatic incisions.

  • Superior Ergonomics
  • Optimal alignment of visual and motor axes
  • Comfortable seated posture

The da Vinci System is the only surgical system designed to allow surgeons to operate while seated, which is not only more comfortable, but also may be clinically advantageous due to reduced surgeon fatigue.

Utilizing the incredible da Vinci System is yet another example of how St. Mary’s provides patients and their families with high quality health care.

Like all new technology, robotic surgery may not be appropriate for all patients. Depending on the application, there are many factors about the condition of the patient that indicate if the patient is a good candidate for robotic surgery or not; therefore, talk with your doctor about the options available to you.

To find out if da Vinci surgery is the right option for you, please talk to your surgeon.