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Northern Light Health Eastern Maine Medical Center now home to the largest surgical robotic program in Maine

Date: 11/12/2020

Earlier this fall, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center announced that we had upgraded ourDaVinci Xi robotic fleet surgical robots to the very latest model, the DaVinci Xi, offering our patients the most advanced technology available anywhere in the country. Now, we’re pleased to announce we have added a fourth surgical robot to our fleet, making Eastern Maine Medical Center home to the largest surgical robotic program in the State of Maine.

This is great news, not only for patients in need of minimally invasive procedures, but for our surgeons who rely on this innovative system to operate more comfortably and with greater ease. “This technology enables us to provide complex surgeries through tiny incisions,” says Michelle Toder, MD, ABOM, FACS, FASMBS, bariatric surgeon and clinical lead of the Medical Center’s Robotic Steering Committee. “For patients, there is less pain, less bleeding, and quicker recovery time – and that is what we love most of all about our computer-assisted robots.”

Since 2005, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has been a leader in robotic surgery, not only in Maine, but across the country and the world. Designated as the nation's first general and bariatric surgery robotic epicenter by Intuitive, the sole maker of the DaVinci Surgical System, doctors from across the globe often come to robotic epicenters like ours to learn advanced techniques from our expert surgeons.

To learn more about robotic-assisted surgery at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, watch this video.