Fredericksburg, Va.Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center (SRMC) surgeon, Dr. Bradley C. Ryan, completed his 500th successful robotic surgery on Doctor’s Day, March 30, 2021.

Using the state-of-the art technology, patients experience improved outcomes, decreased hospitalization, decreased pain, and faster recovery when compared to standard surgery and traditional laparoscopic techniques.

Ryan joined the Fredericksburg medical community in 2006 and practices with Premier Surgical. After completing undergraduate studies at Harvard University and a doctorate in medical science at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, he received training in general surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. In 2016, Ryan completed additional training in the field of robotic surgery to become the first robotic general surgeon in Fredericksburg.

“I am impressed every day how the technology of robotic surgery has impacted my practice,” he said. “I am so grateful to have this tool that improves the success of the surgical procedures for my patients while, decreasing the discomfort inherent to surgery, shortening their hospitalization, and returning them, improved, to their daily routine quickly.”

Robotic surgery is available for diseases of the gallbladder, colon pathology that is both benign and malignant, abdominal wall herniation, gastroesophageal reflux and peptic ulcer disease, along with almost any other surgical disease of the abdominal organs. In the fall of 2020, Ryan was the second surgeon in Virginia and the first in Fredericksburg to perform robotic natural orifice, essentially incision free colon surgery.