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Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting. Robert Skinner, the NYSP director, outlined the program's services,More >>
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting.More >>
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lakeland. Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents areMore >>
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Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
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Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Physician-controlled robotic surgery has made its way to Thomasville. One innovative surgical tool will reduce hospitalization costs and trauma to patients. Many traditionally open surgeries will now be minimally invasive.
This is the new DaVinci system at Archbold Memorial Hospital. DaVinci uses advanced robotic technology allowing surgeons to operate through small, dime size incisions.
Operators of the machine say it will be a major improvement for both surgeons and patients. "The patient will have less pain because we don't have to torque their body to get the appropriate angle to do the surgery," said Dr. Barbara Mccollum.
The DaVinci will be used by surgeons at Archbold to treat general, urological and gynecologic surgery conditions. Dr. Mccollum says it will not only better the life of the patient. "It will extend the life of the surgeon I think because you are sitting in a console, it's not as physically demanding. You're not torquing your body over the patient to complete traditional laparoscopy."
The DaVinci can also be a career saver. "If you do develop a tremor as you age this machine filters it out," said Mccollum.
Mccollum says there was extensive training to learn how to operate the machine. She says they attended webinars, witnessed live surgeries, and, "Than we actually had to operate on a pig for approximately eight to ten hours to learn how to do that with a human."
Mccollum says she expects the majority of cases to come from gynecologic patients. She says the average recovery time will be reduced from two days to around 23 hours. 30 percent of all hysterectomies and gynecologic surgeries in this country are performed with the use of the Davinci.
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