Delray Medical Center first in state to use vascular surgery robot

Dr. Joseph Ricotta, a vascular surgeon, performs surgery using the Magellan robot at Delray Medical Center, the first hospital in southeastern Unites States to acquire the technology. (Contributed: Delray Medical Center)

Dr. Joseph Ricotta, a vascular surgeon, performs surgery using the “Magellan” robot at Delray Medical Center, the first hospital in southeastern Unites States to acquire the technology. (Contributed: Delray Medical Center)

DELRAY BEACH — A surgeon at Delray Medical Center is the first in the southeast United States to use a vascular robot known as “Magellan” to perform surgery, according to hospital officials.

The medical center is the only hospital in Palm Beach County that has the Magellan robot, which can perform minimally invasive vascular surgeries with “extraordinary accuracy,” according to press release from the hospital.

Dr. Joseph Ricotta, a vascular surgeon, was the first to use the robot in early November. The robot allows Ricotta to perform surgeries that typically involve opening a patient with minimal invasion, he said in a statement.

“This new system provides a great service to the South Florida community as it gives patients access to state-of-the-art treatment and robotic procedural precision,” Ricotta said in a statement. “The goal is to simplify complex procedures, allowing us to treat certain patients with all types of vascular disease who previously required open surgical treatment or could not be treated at all.”

 

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