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Robotic Surgery

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

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

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.

Benefits of robotic surgery may include:

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



Urology & Prostatectomy

Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer found in males in the United States. Sixteen percent of American men will be diagnosed with the disease during their lifetime. For a large majority of these men, treatment for prostate cancer results in positive outcomes and a return to good health. 

If your urologist recommends surgery to treat your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for a new, less invasive approach to surgery called da Vinci Prostatectomy. This approach to prostatectomy provides access to the internal anatomy through five small incisions. The surgeon is empowered to perform a very precise, nerve-sparing operation with the da Vinci Surgical System. For the patient, da Vinci Prostatectomy may result in more complete eradication of cancer, retention of bladder control and potency.

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: “Will my body function normally following surgery?” Traditional open urologic surgery – in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs – has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.

da Vinci Surgery, a minimally invasive approach that uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

Surgeons at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital perform the following robotic-assisted urologic surgeries including:

  • Prostatectomy
  • Nephrectomy
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Partial Nephrectomy
  • Adrenalectomy



Gynecological Surgery

For many years the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures has been open gynecologic surgery which uses a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy. Yet with open surgery can also bring significant pain, trauma and a long recovery process as well as a threat to surrounding organs and nerves.

For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures such as myomectomies and vaginal and bladder suspensions, robot-assisted surgery may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the robotic surgical system can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.


FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital’s surgeons use the robotic surgical system:

  • Endometriosis resection
  • Hysterectomy for benign and cancer indications
  • Sacral Colpopexy for uterine prolapse
  • Tubal reanastomosis – tubal ligation reversal
  • Uterine sparing myomectomy for fibroids



General Surgery

Robotic surgery is one of the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available. With the assistance of the da Vinci® SiTMSurgical 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.


Surgeons at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital can perform the following procedures using robotic surgery:


Solid Organ Surgery:

  • Bile Duct

  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Bowel Resection / Colon-Rectal Surgery
  • Anti-reflux Surgery



Surgeons who perform Robotic Surgery


General Surgery

Pinehurst Surgical

5 FirstVillage Drive.

Pinehurst, NC 28374

 (910) 295-0889


John M. Fessenden, M.D. 

David Grantham, M.D. 

Raymond G. Washington, M.D.



Southern Pines Women’s Health Center, a FirstHealth Clinic

145 Applecross Road

Southern Pines, NC 28387

(910) 692-7928


Walter S. Fasolak, D.O.

Michael J. Sundborg, M.D.


Pinehurst Surgical

5 FirstVillage Drive

Pinehurst, NC 28374

(910) 295-0290


Lissette Machin, M.D.

Stephen A. Szabo, M.D.




Pinehurst Surgical

5 FirstVillage Drive.

Pinehurst, NC 28374

 (910) 215-2528


Robert J. Chamberlain Jr., M.D.

Greg L. Griewe, M.D.




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