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Watson Clinic Surgeons Accredited For Excellence In Robotic Procedures


Watson Clinic board-certified OB-GYN and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgeon Tarek G. Garas, MD and board-certified General Surgeon Anthony R. Zappia, MD have recently been recognized as Surgeons of Excellence by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). This distinguished accreditation reflects the expertise and experience of both surgeons in performing robotic surgical procedures.

Dr. Garas and Dr. Zappia underwent rigorous evaluations prior to achieving this accreditation, during which their surgical outcomes were scrutinized as well as their measures to ensure patient safety and quality standards. The volume of robotic surgeries performed by both surgeons also played a considerable role in the evaluation process. In fact, Dr. Zappia performs the highest number of robotic-assisted general surgeries in Polk County.

These distinctions as accredited Surgeons of Excellence assure patients in our community that the experience and surgical skill of Dr. Garas and Dr. Zappia meet or exceed the highest standards of care in the country. Dr. Garas and Dr. Zappia are the only Polk County surgeons in their fields of Urogynecology/GYN and General Surgery to receive these accreditations.

The benefits of robotic surgery are numerous, including smaller and less invasive incisions, enhanced accuracy and precision, significantly reduced recovery periods and the cost-effectiveness of faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays.

Dr. Garas performs robotic surgeries at both Bartow Regional Medicine Center and Lakeland Regional Health, while Dr. Zappia performs robotic surgeries at Bartow Regional Medical Center exclusively. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 863-680-7312 for Dr. Garas and 863-680-7486 for Dr. Zappia or visit our Robotic Surgery page.

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