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Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 5:41 pm | Updated: 4:42 pm, Wed Jul 3, 2013.

SARASOTA - The next generation of surgical robots has arrived at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Crews began assembly of the "Da Vinci" robot on Monday. SMH officials say it will allow its surgeons to perform more complex procedures on a greater number patients.

“The Da Vinci specializes in doing minimally invasive procedures that use to require a large incision. You can now do them with band aid size incisions. It helps the patient recover, helps them do better, it really simplifies things while giving you the same precision that you want,” says Dr. James Fiorica, SMH Director of Oncology.

SMH has 22 robotic surgeons who have performed more than two thousand procedures.

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