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Robotic Surgery

State-of-the-art robotic technology allows the surgeon’s hands to make the precise movement of micro-instruments through small surgical incisions.

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The robotic surgical system gives surgeons an alternative to traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy by putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic system that gives them unmatched precision, even in the most complex and delicate procedures.

The system cannot be programmed or make decisions on its own. Every surgical maneuver is performed with direct input from the surgeon.

Robot-assisted surgery is one of the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available. With the assistance of the robotic surgical system, surgeons can operate using only 1 or 2 centimeter incisions, while maintaining greater precision and control than ever before.

If your physician recommends surgery as part of treatment, ask if you are a candidate for a minimally invasive approach like robotic surgery. 


Benefits of robotic surgery may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • And in many cases, better clinical outcomes


The following specialties and surgeons perform robot-assisted surgery at FirstHealth: 


General Surgery

General surgeons can use robot-assisted surgery to perform the following surgeries:

  • Ventral hernia
Inguinal hernia
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Gallbladder (including a virtually scarless single-site incision approach)
  • Bowel Resection / Colon-Rectal
  • Anti-reflux

Pinehurst Surgical

5 FirstVillage Drive.

Pinehurst, NC 28374

(910) 295-0889

John M. Fessenden, M.D. 

David Grantham, M.D.

Reid C. Vegeler, M.D.

Raymond G. Washington, M.D.


Gynecologic Oncology

A gynecological oncology surgeon uses robot-assisted surgery for:

  • Evaluation and staging of tubo/ovarian malignancies
  • Uterine malignancies
  • Adnexal and pelvic masses
  • Diagnosis of lymphadenopathy
  • Familial and hereditary cancers including BRACA Syndromes and Lynch 2 Syndromes
  • Complex gynecologic conditions such as endometriosis and uterine fibroids


FirstHealth Gynecologic Oncology

located in FirstHealth Outpatient Cancer Center

220 Page Road North

Pinehurst, NC 28374

(910) 715-8684

Michael J. Sundborg, M.D.


 Gynecological surgeons use the robot-assisted surgery for:

  • Sacrocolpopexy for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse
  • Evaluation and treatment of tubo/ovarian masses
  • Hysterectomy for benign or early uterine cancer disease (including a virtually scarless single-site incision approach)
  • Treatment of endometriosis
  • Evaluation of pelvic or abdominal masses
  • Pelvic reconstruction
  • Removal of uterine fibroids 

Southern Pines Women’s Health Center, a FirstHealth Clinic

145 Applecross Road

Southern Pines, NC 28387

(910) 692-7928

Walter S. Fasolak, D.O.


Pinehurst Surgical

5 FirstVillage Drive

Pinehurst, NC 28374

(910) 295-0290

Shayna S. Jones, M.D.

Lissette Machin, M.D.

Stephen A. Szabo, M.D


Thoracic Surgery

Robot-assisted surgery is used by a cardiovascular & thoracic surgeon for:

  • Lobectomy

FirstHealth Cardiovascular & Thoracic Center

located in Reid Heart Center

120 Page Road

Pinehurst, NC 28374

(910) 715-4111 or (877) 715-4111

Peter I. Ellman, M.D., FACS

William C. Kitchens, M.D.



Surgeons perform the following robot-assisted urologic surgeries:

  • Prostatectomy
  • Nephrectomy
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Partial Nephrectomy
  • Adrenalectomy

Pinehurst Surgical

5 FirstVillage Drive.

Pinehurst, NC 28374

(910) 215-2528 

Robert J. Chamberlain Jr., M.D.

Greg L. Griewe, M.D.

Patrick S. McDonough, Sr., M.D. 



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