da Vinci Robot and Discovery Place — Modern Medicine & Technology

Saturday was a fantastic day. I had the chance to spend most of the day at Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC with the da Vinci Robot and doctors from Midtown OB/Gyn learning about one of the most technologically advanced surgical tools available.

At first glance, the robot appears to be just a normal piece of hospital equipment you would see sitting in the hallway, but when you get an upclose look, it’s nothing short of pure technological genius. Can you imagine a robot that has the dexterity and precision not only to fold tiny paper airplanes and play the board game Operation, but also has the ability to  perform complex surgical procedures?

Surgery with the da Vinci robot provides patients in gynecology, urology, cardiothoracic and general surgeries with the the potential to heal with significantly less pain; a shorter hospital stay; a quicker return to normal daily activities and the opportunity for better clinical outcomes.

I sat down to “play” with the da Vinci robot before fully examine the machine.Using my thumb and middle finger on each hand, I made its robotic arms come to life. My task was to pick up rubber bands that appeared to be the size of a golf ball and place them on different obstacles. Little did I know, the rubber bands weren’t much larger than a pencil eraser! The 10x magnification, 3-D view fooled me completely. Had I known how tiny they were to begin with, I don’t think I would have believed a machine could assist me in handling these movements. Yet, I was able to pick up four bands and move them with greater range of motion than my normal wrist movements would allow.

Of course, the geek in me was in love. I could have spent hours talking to the doctors about the da Vinci Robot. What I did do was spend time talking to Dr. Hardy from Midtown Ob-Gyn, as well as Dr. Voellinger from Southeast Bariatrics. They were gracious with their time spent with me and gave better explanations than I could write.

The crowd milled around all day looking to see what the men in white coats were doing (and relived they weren’t being taken away). Young and old alike were thrilled when they got their chances to take their turn with this high tech piece of equipment.

Peanut and my husband both took turns on the machine and they were like little whiz kids out for medical glory. My husband’s childhood dream was to go to medical school and become a cardiologist. Somewhere along the line, that dream shifted and he became an economist. I still haven’t figured that out. However, I think he relived a few moments of his youth when it was his turn to take a spin on the controls.

What I will say, is if you are ever offered the chance to check out the da Vinci Robot, do it. Should your surgeon want to operate utilizing this tool, I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you yes. The perks far outweigh any risks.


  1. What a wonderful post! Thank you so much for helping us share the wonderful and amazing advances in modern medicine.

    Logan Stewart
    Manager, Marketing & PR
    Discovery Place

  2. Thank you for having me! I love working with Discovery Place and can’t wait for future opportunities!

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