Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cookeville Docs Developing Robotics Center

Physicians in Cookeville hope to develop what they call the state's first "robotics center of excellence."  It would bring together five specialties: cardio-thoracic, gynecology, urology, general surgery and E-N-T, or ear-nose and throat. Doctors in those fields are currently in training or plan on being trained on robotics surgery technology.  Cookeville Regional Medical Center invested more than $1.5 million in its first da Vinci robot in 2007. In the nearly four years since, according to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, more than 300 surgeries have been performed.  Doctors hope the robotics center will be operational this year. With a planned multimillion-dollar expansion at the hospital, a room will be solely dedicated for a robot and robotic procedures.