Orlando Health outpatient center is the first in Central Florida to offer da Vinci® robotic surgery

Growth in outpatient procedures necessitates added technology

In response to continual growth in outpatient surgical activity, Orlando Health’s Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) has become the first outpatient center in Central Florida to introduce surgery using the daVinci® Surgical System into the outpatient environment. The organization began incorporating the minimally invasive surgical system into outpatient procedures at its ACC in October on a trial basis. Due to its popularity with physicians and patients, the technology has now become a permanent surgical option at the facility.

“We anticipate that outpatient surgical activity will continue to grow,” said William Havron, MD trauma and general surgeon. “By employing the robotic surgical system in the ACC, we are able to deliver to these patients some of the same benefits the technology provides to our surgical inpatients.”

Since installing the robotic system, surgeons have used it to perform more than a dozen procedures in the ACC. Some of the most common include gall bladder removals, hernia repairs, and corrective procedures to the esophagus to help eliminate Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD.

“Robotics is the leading edge of surgical innovation and being able to move this technology into the outpatient surgical setting is fantastic,” added Dr. Havron. “As we try to define the role that robotics will play in the future of general surgery, this opportunity will let us utilize this innovative technology more in the outpatient setting. By expanding the use of the robotic surgical system in the outpatient setting, we expect the use of this system will continue to grow and patients will continue to see the benefits."

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health is a $2.6 billion not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based network of physician practices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers throughout Central Florida. The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. More than 2,000 physicians have privileges at Orlando Health, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 18,000 employees who serve nearly 2 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international patients annually. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $204 million in support of community health needs. More information can be found at

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