COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Baptist Memorial Hospital - Golden Triangle spent nearly $1.5M to upgrade its technology of almost 15 years for minimally invasive surgeries.
Brad Beckham is the Director of Trauma and Surgery, as well as a surgeon, at Baptist.
He along with his colleagues now have access to a new robot that will make their jobs even more precise.
“It’s almost like putting your head inside the body and looking around," said Beckham. "It’s that good.”
The robot is called the Da Vinci XI.
With arms that connect to the patient, Beckham said it gives doctors better mobility within the patient. This allows surgeons to have more complex movements in smaller incisions.
The robotic system will be used by general surgeons, OB/GYNs, urologists, and colorectal surgeons.
Beckham said it will enhance the surgery, as well as lower the recovery time for his patients.
The surgeon said the lack of pain allows his patients to return to work much quicker.
It could also lower hospital bills by allowing shorter stays after surgery.
However, as a doctor, Beckham believes one of the robot's biggest charms is the increase in safety for his patients.
“That extra layer of safety that we feel is important for our patients, that we know we’re giving them good operations, safe operations that we otherwise might not have been able to offer them with as much confidence.”
Dr. Beckham said workers installed the Da Vinci XI about a month ago.
He said he's eager to further help his patients with this new technology.