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Centra expands surgical program with two new robotic systems

Published on Monday January 16, 2023

With the recent acquisition of two state-of-the-art da Vinci XI robotic systems funded by the Centra Foundation, Centra has expanded its surgical program. Surgeons can now perform minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgeries at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital and more outpatient surgeries at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital.

The advanced technology can be used to perform a variety of procedures, including general, urological, gynecological, cardiothoracic and other surgeries. Benefits for patients include smaller incisions, less pain, faster recovery times, decreased wait times and fewer complications.

Although the surgical system uses advanced robotic, computer and optical technology, a surgeon remains in full control of its movements. Centra previously had one da Vinci XI surgical system in operation at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital, which was used on about 600 patients per year.

The Centra Foundation committed $3.8 million in funding for the innovative technology and expansion of the program, one of its largest funding commitments in nearly a decade.

“People in our communities deserve to be back on their feet faster,” said Anna Neece, vice president of perioperative services. “The technology leads to better outcomes for patients as well as increased retention and recruitment of highly qualified surgeons. We are grateful to be able to provide this service to more people.”