Robot makes some surgeries more precise and less invasive

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Technology is changing the way we do many things in our everyday lives, it's even changing the way some doctors perform surgery.

For the past couple years, some physicians and New Hanover Regional Medical Center have used robotic surgery for certain procedures.

The Da Vinci surgical system is not an option for everyone, but when used can improve blood loss and the amount of pain the patient has after the procedure, according to Dr. Roc McCarthy.

"I was up walking the next day," said Jim Lewis, a career marine from Jacksonville, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009.  Since he was in excellent shape, McCarthy said Lewis was eligible to undergo the robotic surgery.

This type of precise surgery gives doctors a very steady set of hands.  McCarthy said it allows him to put a stitch in the exact place he wants it.

Lewis said he had his surgery last October and was playing a round of golf by mid-December, walking around the course and not driving a golf cart.

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