Nashville, TN — TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of the da Vinci Surgical System to the hospital's surgical services program. The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System offers multiple benefits for patients, including less pain and reduced scarring, reduced blood loss, a shorter hospital stay and recovery time, and overall improved outcomes. As with all da Vinci Surgical Systems, the surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci System, which translates his/her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient's body.

"Robotic-assisted surgery is changing the way surgeries are performed," said board-certified general surgeon, William Yi, M.D. "From the surgeon's perspective, the highly advanced system offers an enhanced field of view and greater precision which helps to ensure a better outcome for the complex procedures that I perform."

In celebration of the addition of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System at TriStar Southern Hills, the hospital is inviting local school students to help name the robot. The robot's new name will be unveiled at a community open house and a "Name the Robot" awards ceremony that will take place on Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m. At that time, the winning student will receive a $100 cash prize, a personalized trophy, and a $500 donation for their school. Attendees of the event will also have the opportunity to "drive the robot" with a hands-on experience under the supervision of TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center's team of surgeons.

"At TriStar Southern Hills, we are committed to providing our patients with high-quality, compassionate care. This new robotics system also allows us to provide the latest technological advances in surgical care for our patients," said Joanna Conley, TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to welcoming the community to our hospital and sharing the new robotic surgical system at our open house and "Name the Robot" awards ceremony."

For more information on robotic assisted surgery, please consult with your physician.