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Paynter performs robotic assisted colorectal surgery


The Daily Citizen, Dalton, GA

February 14, 2011

Paynter performs robotic assisted colorectal surgery

Submitted by Hamilton Health Care System

— Dr. Steven Paynter of Dalton Surgical Associates specializes in minimally invasive procedures for colorectal disease. However, on Feb. 1, Paynter joined only a handful of surgeons worldwide and was the first in the East Tennessee and North Georgia region to perform a da Vinci robotic assisted colorectal surgery.

The procedure was completed on Hamilton Medical Center’s state-of-the-art da Vinci Si Surgical System, the only one of its kind in the region.

Paynter believes the benefits of robotic surgery are better visualization and more precision in the use of the instruments, “which may allow us to perform some cases that previously would have required a more open procedure. We would be able to use smaller incisions, and there would be less pain.” Paynter said by staying on the forefront of technology it would allow him to incorporate even newer technology (such as single site) as it becomes available. Paynter plans to perform a robotic assisted hiatal hernia repair soon.

Paynter is board certified, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and has active memberships in numerous organizations, including the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Society, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and American Society of General Surgeons, and plans to perform more than just colorectal procedures robotically.

Other robotic assisted procedures performed at Hamilton include sacrocolpopexy/vaginal vault suspensions, nephrectomies, prostatectomies and cholecystectomies. Robotic laparoscopic assisted procedures performed at Hamilton include hysterectomies, salpingo-oophorectomies, tubal reanastomosis and paravaginal/Burch repairs.

The da Vinci surgical robot is a less invasive option available for a number of surgeries, some that do not require an external incision. Advantages of the da Vinci include less pain and risk, shorter recuperation times, minimal scarring and less blood loss, which translates to better outcomes for patients.

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