Coliseum Health System March 11, 2015

Macon, GA – The Coliseum Robotics Institute at Coliseum Medical Centers became the first in the Middle Georgia area to utilize Firefly Fluorescence Imaging technology to identify pelvic lymph nodes. Michael Dillon, M.D., gynecologic oncologist, performed this groundbreaking procedure involving a robotic, laparoscopic hysterectomy to treat endometrial cancer. The Firefly Technology was used to identify the areas which might be affected by cancer cells.

The Firefly Fluorescence Imaging System allows the surgeon to visualize blood flow in real time. In this procedure, a green dye was injected into the patient’s cervix causing the pelvic lymph nodes to appear green. Fat cells do not absorb the dye, which is particularly helpful because fat cells have the same texture as lymph nodes. Surgeons are able to quickly switch back and forth between Firefly imaging and normal white light. Fluorescence imaging allows surgeons to see and assess anatomy better than the naked eye, further enhancing the unmatched vision, precision and control of minimally invasive da Vinci® robotic surgery.

“The Coliseum Robotic Institute is a leader in cutting edge robotic technology and the ONLY hospital in Middle Georgia to perform this procedure.” said Hany Atalah, Professor of Minimally Invasive and Robotic surgery and Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery. “ Dr. Dillon has now performed this surgery twice. Both cases went smoothly, were performed in under two hours, and both patients are on their way to making a full recovery.”