Robotic Epicenter

Since 2004, EMMC has been a leader in robotic surgery, not only in the country, but the world. In September 2012, Nothern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center was designated the nation's first general and bariatric surgery robotic epicenter by Intuitive Surgical, the sole maker of the daVinci surgical robot. Surgeons from across the country and the world come to epicenter hospitals, like Eastern Maine Medical Center, to learn this advanced surgery from our experts -- your trusted surgeons.

If you are not familiar with robotic-assisted surgery, you may be asking yourself a question we get frequently, “Will a robot be operating on me?” The truth is, our own board-certified surgeons are operating on you, not the robot. Your surgeon is in the room at all times; it is their skilled hands that are controlling every movement of the robot during your procedure.

Eastern Maine Medical Center's epicenter team is led by Michelle Toder, MD, FACS, FASMBS, bariatric surgeon. Dr. Toder, who has welcomed surgeons from across the world to EMMC to learn about bariatric surgery and EMMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Program, is proud to be recognized as a mentor and proctor for surgeons interested in learning this latest minimally invasive surgical technique.

Robotic-assisted surgery is the future of surgery, and if you are considering a minimally-invasive procedure, robotic surgery may be right for you. Watch our video to learn more.