New robo-doctor joins the fight against opioid abuse

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Roper St. Francis Healthcare is unveiling a new way to help with opioid use… a surgical robot.

The “Da Vinci 11” allows doctors to prescribe fewer recovery pain medications with more minimally invasive surgeries.

“Smaller incisions mean less pain, opioids, simple as that,” said Dr. Bo Blessing, a general surgeon with Roper St. Francis Healthcare. “So, if you do a big operation on the inside and you don’t have to use an incision that you’re pulling and tugging on throughout the whole case, it’s less painful and easier recovery for the patient.”

The robot is just one of many steps Roper St. Francis is taking to reduce opioid use throughout the system.

More than 5,200 robotic procedures have been performed at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, which adds up to more than 700 a year.

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