Thu. Dec 7th, 2023
    New Breakthrough in Robotic-Assisted Surgery Revolutionizes Medical Field

    Published 10:30 am Tuesday, November 7, 2023

    Dr. Geoff Flattmann, a renowned surgeon at Merit Health Natchez, has achieved a remarkable milestone in the field of robotic-assisted surgery. This week, he successfully completed his 1000th robotic surgery, solidifying his position as a leading expert in this cutting-edge technology.

    Robotic-assisted surgery is a groundbreaking technique that allows surgeons to perform complex procedures with enhanced precision and control. By utilizing a state-of-the-art robotic system, surgeons are able to operate from a seated position at a console, while robotic arms mimic their movements in real-time within the patient’s body. This revolutionary approach offers a myriad of benefits, including improved visualization, greater range of motion, and enhanced access to the surgical site.

    Dr. Flattmann, an experienced general surgeon, has witnessed the evolution of robotic surgery throughout his career. He explains, “I’ve seen the progression from traditional surgery to laparoscopic surgery, and now the immense advancements in robotic surgery. It truly is a game-changer for both patients and surgeons.”

    The scope of robotic surgery has expanded beyond its initial applications in urology and gynecology. It is now being utilized in a wide range of procedures, including hernia repairs, colon surgeries, and gallbladder surgeries. Patients who undergo robotic-assisted surgery often experience reduced pain, minimal scarring, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery times.

    Merit Health Natchez, where Dr. Flattmann practices, has performed over 2,000 robotic surgeries to date. This number is expected to increase as the demand for this innovative approach continues to grow. The success of this program can be attributed not only to the efficiency of the technology but also to the exceptional team of healthcare professionals dedicated to providing optimal patient care.

    Dr. Flattmann praises his team, emphasizing their indispensable role in achieving these remarkable surgical outcomes. He states, “The expertise and dedication of our team are unparalleled. We are fortunate to have such a talented group of individuals who are committed to serving our community.”

    As Dr. Flattmann embarks on his next 1,000 robotic surgeries, he is eager to stay at the forefront of technological advancements in the field. He assures the public that Merit Health Natchez is not merely keeping up with the latest developments but is striving to lead the way in robotic-assisted surgery.

    Patients can rest assured knowing that their safety, care, and comfort are of paramount importance to the robotic surgery team at Merit Health Natchez. The hospital’s CEO, Kevin Samrow, commends Dr. Flattmann for his remarkable achievement and affirms the positive impact that the robotic surgery program has had on the community.


    Q: What is robotic-assisted surgery?
    Robotic-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that utilizes a robotic system to enhance a surgeon’s precision and control during procedures.

    Q: What are the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery?
    Some of the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include improved surgical precision, enhanced visualization, increased range of motion, and reduced risk of complications.

    Q: What procedures can be performed using robotic-assisted surgery?
    Robotic-assisted surgery can be used in a variety of procedures, including hernia repairs, gallbladder surgeries, colon surgeries, and hysterectomies.

    Q: How does the robotic system work?
    Surgeons control the robotic arms from a console, while the system mimics their hand movements in real time within the patient’s body. This allows for greater precision and accuracy during surgery.