Cullman, AL— In August 2018, Cullman Regional debuted their da Vinci Xi Surgical System with the goal of improving the community’s access to minimally invasive surgery. Now, a year later, the hospital recently celebrated a milestone by completing more than 150 robotic surgeries. The da Vinci Xi system, locally known as “Leo”, provides minimally invasive surgical options for patients who have prostate, kidney, bladder or colon cancer, as well as those in need of hernia repair, bariatric surgery, or gynecological procedures. Benefits of robotic surgery include less pain, reduced scarring, and quicker recovery times for patients.

“I am very proud of the Cullman Regional Robotics team. In a little over a year, we have reached more than 150 da Vinci robotic surgeries,” said William Smith, MD, Chief Medical Officer. “We are excited to continue growing our robotics program in order to offer additional minimally invasive surgical options to the communities we serve.”

Robotic-assisted surgery allows specially trained surgeons to perform a wide range of delicate and complex operations through a few small incisions. da Vinci Xi technologies provide unparalleled precision, dexterity and control for the performance of minimally invasive surgery. Cullman Regional’s robotic surgeons include Urologist Erik Wallin, MD, Robotics Medical Director; General Surgeons, Mac Cottingham, MD, and Brad Moody, MD; and Gynecologist Randy Yarbrough, MD.

For more information about robotic surgery or services provided by Cullman Regional, visit or call 256-735-5600.

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First Ureteral Re-Implant: Dr. Erik Wallin positions the robotic arms before performing the first robotic Ureteral re-implant repair at Cullman Regional.