CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- The staff at Guthrie Corning Hospital celebrated the arrival of the da Vinci surgical robot Wednesday morning.  Guthrie staff demonstrated how it operates on patients during complex procedures. The robot has already completed roughly 20 procedures on patients, showing staggering results.   

“It removes things like tremors; it allows us to work through a very, very small area instead of having to make larger incisions,” Guthrie President & CEO Dr. Edmund Sabanegh, MD, MBA said, adding, “As you'd expect, the recovery of the patients is much shorter before they can resume normal activity.” 

Robotic surgery allows surgeons to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility, and control than is possible with conventional techniques. Guthrie began using da Vinci for medical procedures over the last month.   

The surgical robot assists doctors in a variety of complex procedures, including cardiothoracic, colorectal, bariatric, urological, and gynecological surgical procedures. Sabanegh says this type of device can have benefits for both doctors and patients.  

“They have less blood loss in many cases, they have a quicker return to normal activity, and don't have these big incisions... it's made a huge difference for our patients,” Sabanegh said.  

Caroll Bever is one patient da Vinci operated on over the last month, having colorectal surgery with Dr. Kager at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. She recovered from the procedure three days earlier than expected and feels the technological advancements will help draw a new wave of doctors to the region. 

“With robotics like this, it'll attract a lot of young surgeons to the area, which we need to replace the good old guys... I'm happy it's in my backyard,” Bever said. 

Dr. Sabanegh feels the robot coming to Corning will make Guthrie a center of medical excellence in the Twin Tiers but was careful to say the people who operate the new technology are the real difference makers.