"Hal's" First Holiday

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The College Station Medical Center has marked a milestone. "Hal," the daVinci surgical robot has celebrated its first holiday season.

The robot was acquired about a year ago.

The daVinci surgical system is available only at College Station Medical Center. It provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery, by putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform.

Benefits include shorter hospital stay, less pain after the surgery, less scarring after surgery, lower risk of infection, less blood loss and fewer transfusions, faster recovery and a faster return to normal daily living activities.

Over 75 robotic assisted surgeries have been performed at the College Station Medical Center.

The Med has recently affiliated with a robotically trained cardiac thoracic surgeon who will soon utilize the robot at the Med to perform non-invasive heart surgery.