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'SAL' the Surgical Robot celebrates another milestone

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Wed, Apr 6th 2016 01:25 pm
Pictured, from left: Dr. Bala Thatigotla, Medical Assistant Noel Fotus, Director of Surgical Services Shelly Meigs, R.N., and Surgical Technician Robert Abrams gather around SAL, a da Vinci robotic surgery system, to celebrate the 750th robotic surgery performed at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
Pictured, from left: Dr. Bala Thatigotla, Medical Assistant Noel Fotus, Director of Surgical Services Shelly Meigs, R.N., and Surgical Technician Robert Abrams gather around SAL, a da Vinci robotic surgery system, to celebrate the 750th robotic surgery performed at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

"SAL" the Surgical Robot recently completed its 750th surgical procedure at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

The procedure was performed by Bala Thatigotla, M.D., the medical center's head of minimally invasive surgery.

Under the leadership of Chief of Surgery Venkat Kolli, M.D., and Chief of Robotic Surgery Donna Feldman, M.D., Memorial introduced robotic surgery to the Greater Niagara region in 2012 with the purchase and implementation of the $1.7 million da Vinci surgical system.

Specially trained surgeons using the da Vinci system completed their 100th procedure in 2012, their 300th procedure in 2014 and the 650th robotic assisted surgery late last summer.

SAL, which stands for "save a life," was named by then fifth-grader Gabriella Baratta in a countywide naming contest for schoolchildren.

To learn more about Memorial's minimally invasive robotic surgery program, call 716-278-4492.

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