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Palmyra Surgeon first to use new surgical device

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A south Georgia doctor was the first in the state and second in the nation to use a state of the art surgical procedure.

Doctor John Bagnato used the Spider Surgical System to complete gallbladder surgery this week.

The spider allows surgeons to use a single entry point for certain procedures that previously required three or four incisions.

"Usually it means much better cosmetic outcome for the patient because you can wear bathing suits and things and not have incisions on your stomach, the incision is hidden by belly button so you really can't see it," said Dr. John Bagnato, Palmyra Medical Center.

Bagnato will also use the less invasive approach for appendix removal lap-band procedures.

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