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Surgical robot is slicing and dicing at Bay Area Hospital

The Bay Area Hospital is getting a helping hand in the operating room from the latest robotic-assisted surgery technology. (SBG).

COOS BAY, Ore. - The Bay Area Hospital is getting a helping hand in the operating room from the latest robotic-assisted surgery technology.

The hospital has had robotic surgery since 2013, but it recently got an up-to-date model. The surgical robot is for minimally invasive surgery, which allows doctors to do larger operations with small incisions.

"We can do gall bladders, colon resections, hernias, operations on the stomach through small incisions using robot assistance," said Steven Tersigni, a doctor at Bay Area Hospital. "This allows us to do more complex surgeries; have patients go home sooner, have less bleeding, less pain, and all over a better experience for the patient."

Since 2013, the hospital has done nearly 1,000 surgeries with the robot.

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