Salem, Va. — LewisGale Medical Center’s robotic surgery program celebrated a milestone, with one of its surgeons completing her 2,000th robotic surgery. This makes LewisGale Medical Center the first hospital in the region to have more than 2,000 robotic surgeries completed by a single surgeon.

Since 2014, Dr. Madge Ellis, MD, FACS, a board-certified general surgeon, has routinely performed robotic surgeries including hernia repairs to fix tears in the abdominal wall, anti-reflux surgery for those patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), colon procedures for both benign and malignant pathologies, and gallbladder surgery to remove the gallbladder and gallstones.

“Patients who undergo a robotic procedure have less post-operative pain and a shorter stay in the hospital. This allows patients to return to their normal lives quickly,” she said. “I am grateful that we are able to offer this technology to our community here in the Roanoke Valley.”

“This important milestone is a testament to the strength of our robotic surgery program at LewisGale Medical Center and the skillsets of our medical staff,” explained Lance Jones, LewisGale Regional Health System market president. “We congratulate Dr. Ellis on this achievement and we are proud to have surgeons of her caliber on our hospital staff who successfully serve the community.”