BUTTE, Mont. -

Butte's St. James Healthcare hospital showed off its new surgical system on Thursday, and representatives say it's unlike any other in southwest Montana.

The da Vinci Si surgical system is a state-of-the-art robot that doctors say dramatically improves operating room efficiency.

The surgeon sits at a control station, and uses handles to control robotic arms. A magnification camera allows the doctor to see better than the human eye.

The public got to try the machine out on Thursday, and see for themselves how the machine works.

The hospital says the da Vinci robot is more precise than a human hand, making for a safer surgery.

"With the da Vinci machine, we open up a whole new realm of possibilities here locally and for people in this whole area for minimally invasive procedures," said urologist John Cochran.

He said patients experience less pain after the surgery, and recover a lot faster.

Right now, Dr. Cochran is the only surgeon certified to use the machine, and he will perform the first surgery using the da Vinci May 17th.

We're told two other surgeons will get trained to use the robot as well.