Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Comes to Fairview Park

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Patients in need of surgical services no longer need to travel long distances for the most advanced options. HCA Healthcare’s Fairview Park Hospital has become the first hospital in Dublin, Ga. and the surrounding counties to offer robotic-assisted surgery using the daVinci® Surgical System.

Dr. John L. Polhill, Jr., a general surgeon and president of the Medical Staff at Fairview Park Hospital, performed the first surgery using the daVinci® robot. The procedure, a gallbladder surgery, was successful.

The daVinci® robot provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional, laparoscopic surgery, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The surgeon can then perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. For patients, daVinci® surgeries often result in shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries.

Two physicians sitting behind and looking pieces of medical equipment while two other healthcare professionals adjust other equipment in the hospital room

“I am excited to have the daVinci® robot at Fairview Park,” Dr. Polhill said, “For those of us who already offer minimally invasive surgery, it offers the surgeon a better view and easier movement of the surgical instruments. These features improve the experience for the surgeon and in my opinion make it safer for the patient.“

In addition to general surgery, the Fairview Park Hospital daVinci® surgical team will offer gynecologic surgery and  colorectal surgery.

Don Avery, president and CEO at Fairview Park Hospital, said “This advanced technology means we can offer our patients the very best combination of skill and technology right here in Dublin.”

Fairview Park Hospital offers 24/7 nurse consultation and physician referral line. For additional information or to find a physician, call (800) 447-0459.

Dr. Bryan Sleigh is the Chief Medical Officer at Fairview Park Hospital.   He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Science.  He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is also trained in Undersea Medicine, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Aerospace Medicine.  He is a retired US Army Colonel and served in the US Army for 32 years prior to joining HCA Healthcare.  He has lectured both nationally and internationally on Emergency Medicine and Operational Military Medicine.

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