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Meet the Robots

Cary Hospital is leading the way in minimally-invasive, robotic surgical techniques with the adoption of three new, highly-advanced robots. Meet our latest surgical robots – all operated by some of the most talented, board-certified surgeons in the Triangle.

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Meet the Stryker Mako System

If you’ve got aching knees or hips, Stryker’s Mako System is just the robot you need to meet. It’s a highly advanced robotic platform that is transforming the way joint replacement surgery is performed by giving surgeons a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.

Using 3-D modeling, it allows surgeons to create a customized surgical plan for each patient prior to entering the operating room. This way, your surgeon can better identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy.  It results in a better implant fit and less complications – it’s almost like having a customized joint replacement surgery.

Studies show that patients who have surgery with the Mako often report less pain after surgery, shorter hospital stay, less need for pain medications like opiates and less need for inpatient physical therapy.

Procedures Performed:

Partial and Total Knee Replacements, Total Hip Replacement

Cary Hospital Surgeons Using Stryker Mako:

  • Demetri Economides (Cary Orthopaedics)
  • Michael Ruffalo (Wake Orthopaedics)

Meet the Mazor X Stealth Edition

At Cary Hospital, the Mazor X Stealth is used exclusively for spine surgeries. It allows our talented spine surgeons to combine their expertise with advanced software, robotic technology, navigation and instrumentation for the best precision. Prior to surgery, the Mazor X allows surgeons to plan their surgical strategy using X-ray images of your unique anatomy.

During surgery, the device’s navigated robotic guidance and 3D imaging helps the surgeon precisely place the implants into your spine. When compared to traditional surgery, patients enjoy better outcomes, less pain and faster recovery.

Procedures Performed:

Robotic spine surgery enhances surgical care for a wide variety of spinal conditions including:

  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Herniated Discs
  • Degenerative Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Compression Fractures

Cary Hospital Surgeons Using Mazor X Stealth:

  • Gurvinder Deol (Wake Orthopaedics)
  • Ryan Gentry (Wake Orthopaedics)
  • Sameer Mathur (Cary Orthopaedics)

Meet the da Vinci XI Surgical System

Our most nimble robot, the da Vinci XI, moved into the Cary Hospital Surgical Services suite several years ago. Dr. Frank Tortora, Associated Urologists of NC – Cary Urology, spearheaded bringing the da Vinci to Cary Hospital and has since performed numerous prostatectomy procedures with the da Vinci. In fact, surgeons associated with Cary Hospital perform nearly 500 procedures on da Vinci annually.

This robot has been very busy working for more than a dozen surgeons including urologists, gynecologists, bariatric, colorectal and general surgeons to aid in making surgery more precise, with smaller incisions. The da Vinci XI has a unique 3D-HD vision system providing a magnified view, making it easier for surgeons to see the tiniest of details.

The robot’s small, thin arms and instruments help give surgeons greater operative reach.  All resulting in the patient having smaller scars and a quicker, smoother recovery process.


Cary Hospital surgeons use the da Vinci XI for prostatectomy, partial nephrectomy, hysterectomy, colon resections, hiatal hernia and bariatric surgeries.

  • Sankar Adusumilli (Carolina Colorectal Surgery)
  • Marc Benevides (Associated Urologists of NC)
  • Scott Bovard (WakeMed Bariatric Surgery & Medical Weight Loss)
  • Ann Chung (WakeMed Bariatric Surgery & Medical Weight Loss)
  • Paul Enochs (WakeMed Bariatric Surgery & Medical Weight Loss)
  • Lisa Grana (Triangle Physicians for Women)
  • William Kizer (Associated Urologists of NC)
  • Scott Lisson (WakeMed Urology)
  • Noemi Maydew (Cary OB/GYN)
  • Jennifer McNally (Duke OB/GYN)
  • Robert Nunoo (WakeMed General Surgery)
  • Alden Parsons (WakeMed Heart & Vascular)
  • Gilberto Rodrigo (Cary OB/GYN)
  • Brandon Rubens (WakeMed Urology)
  • Frank Tortora (Associated Urologists of NC)
  • Ian Villanueva (WakeMed General Surgery/Bariatric Surgery & Medical Weight Loss)
  • Spyro Vulgaropulos (Triangle Physicians for Women)

About WakeMed Cary Hospital

WakeMed Cary Hospital is a designated Level III Trauma Center and the only full-service hospital in Cary, NC. Bringing advanced medical care and technology to one of the top-rated places to live in the nation – today, Cary Hospital offers advanced services to the community ranging from obstetric and gynecological care to weight loss surgery, advanced gastrointestinal services and more.