da Vinci Robotic Surgery in Central Georgia

Minimally Invasive Surgery at Southern Surgical PC

The da Vinci Surgical System is a minimally invasive robotic surgical system used to treat a wide range of conditions. Dr. John Polhill and his team at Southern Surgical specilaizes in using da Vinci surgical techniques for general surgery, treating conditions such as acid reflux & hernias as well as procedures for removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy). 

Southern Surgical is located in Dublin, GA, just under an hour away from Macon. Dr. Polhill has been providing expert care to the people of Dublin for over 10 years and has performed more than 500 surgeries using da Vinci systems. If you have questions about da Vinci surgery, call out office any time during normal business hours. You can also request an appointment online today!

Intuitive for General Surgery Patients

Understand your general surgery options

Conditions of the abdomen and digestive tract

Within your abdomen are vital organs that make it possible for you to convert food into energy and nutrients to fuel your body. The organs of your digestive tract include your stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, and intestines. When conditions affecting your digestive tract lower your quality of life, and if lifestyle changes, medicines, and other options don’t improve your symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery.

Types of surgery

In the past, surgeons made large incisions in skin and muscle so that they could directly see and work on the area of concern. This is called open surgery. Today doctors still perform open surgery, but can also perform many procedures in the abdomen and on the digestive tract, often called General Surgery, using minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery, possibly with da Vinci® technology.

Both minimally invasive approaches only require one or a few small incisions that doctors use to insert surgical equipment and a camera for viewing. In laparoscopic surgery, doctors use special long-handled tools to perform surgery while viewing magnified images from the laparoscope (camera) on a video screen. 

What is a da Vinci system?

The da Vinci is a surgical system comprised of three components: surgeon console, patient-side cart, and vision cart.

Surgeon console 

The surgeon console is where your surgeon sits during the procedure, has a crystal-clear 3DHD view of your anatomy, and controls the instruments. The tiny instruments are “wristed” and move like a human hand, but with a far greater range of motion.

Patient cart 

The patient-side cart is positioned near the patient on the operating table. It is where the instruments used during the operation move in real time in response to your surgeon’s hand movements at the surgeon console. 

Vision cart 

The vision cart makes communication between the components of the system possible and provides a screen for the care team to view the operation.

It’s important to remember that Intuitive does not provide medical advice. After discussing all options with your doctor, only you and your doctor can determine whether surgery with da Vinci technology is appropriate for your situation. You should always ask your surgeon about his or her training, experience, and patient outcomes. 

More about da Vinci

Robotic-assisted abdominal procedures

Talk with your doctor if you have any additional questions about these procedures.

Disclosures and Important Safety Information

Important Safety Information

Patients should talk to their doctors to decide if da Vinci® surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options and associated risks in order to make an informed decision. 

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci surgery, up to and including death. Serious risks include, but are not limited to, injury to tissues and organs and conversion to other surgical techniques, which could result in a longer operative time and/or increased complications. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.intuitive.com/safety

Individuals' outcomes may depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to patient characteristics, disease characteristics, and/or surgeon experience.

Da Vinci Xi® System Precaution Statement

The demonstration of safety and effectiveness for the specific procedure(s) discussed in this material was based on evaluation of the device as a surgical tool and did not include evaluation of outcomes related to the treatment of cancer (overall survival, disease-free survival, local recurrence) or treatment of the patient’s underlying disease/condition. Device usage in all surgical procedures should be guided by the clinical judgment of an adequately trained surgeon.

Medical Advice and Locating a Doctor

Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci surgery is right for them. Other options may be available and appropriate. Only a doctor can determine whether da Vinci surgery is appropriate for a patient’s situation. Patients and doctors should review all available information on both non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision.

Surgeons experienced with the da Vinci system can be found using the Surgeon Locator. Intuitive Surgical provides surgeons training on the use of the da Vinci system but does not certify, credential or qualify the surgeons listed in the Surgeon Locator.

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Schedule an Appointment for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Dublin, GA

The board-certified surgeons at Southern Surgical, PC specialize in providing patients with minimally invasive surgery options using the latest in da Vinci technology. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call our office in Central Georgia, at (478) 275-2454.