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Surgery robot on display for medical students

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A new surgery robot came out to play in Greenbrier County on Thursday.

It's called the da Vinci Surgical System and students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine had the chance to see how it works.

Doctors at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley use the machine for all kinds of surgeries.

One gynecologist said it has completely changed things for himself and his patients.

Judd Lindley said, "Patients are in the hospital just overnight as opposed to two to three days like they were before, there's less blood loss, there's better visualization, I'm able to carry out more complex surgeries with little tiny incisions. It really has changed the way we do surgery in my opinion."

The robotic surgery system has been at Raleigh General Hospital since September of 2011.