Robotic Epicenter

Since 2012, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has been a leader in robotic surgery, not only in the country, but the world. Designated as the nation's first general and bariatric surgery robotic epicenter by Intuitive, the sole maker of the DaVinci surgical robot, surgeons from across the globe come to epicenter hospitals like ours to learn this advanced surgery from our experts – your trusted surgeons.

If you are not familiar with robotic-assisted surgery, you may be asking yourself a question we get frequently, “Will a robot be operating on me?” The truth is, our own board-certified surgeons are operating on you, not the robot. Your surgeon is in the room at all times; it is their skilled hands that are controlling every movement of the robot during your procedure.

Our Medical Center's epicenter team is led by Michelle Toder, MD, FACS, FASMBS, ABOM, bariatric surgeon. Dr. Toder, who has welcomed surgeons from across the world to EMMC to learn about bariatric surgery and Northern Light Surgical Weight Loss, is proud to be recognized as a mentor and proctor for surgeons interested in learning this latest minimally invasive surgical technique.

In 2020, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center further expanded our robotic offerings by upgrading and expanding our fleet of surgical robots to include the most recent technology, the DaVinci Xi. Our robots enable our surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgeries with an advanced set of instruments and a 3D high-definition view of the procedure being performed.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is the only hospital in Maine leading the way with four DaVinci Xi surgical robots, offering easy access for patients in need of minimally invasive surgery.

Robotic-assisted surgery is the future of surgery. If you are considering a minimally-invasive procedure, robotic surgery may be right for you. Watch our video below to learn more.