Brian Frederick, M.D., and the da Vinci® surgical team at King's Daughters Medical Center performed one of the nation's first da Vinci Single-Site™ hysterectomies Thursday, May 30. It was the first such procedure in Kentucky and the region. During the procedure, a patient's uterus was removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless.
KDMC's da Vinci program
This is the second time KDMC's team has performed a state-wide first with the da Vinci surgical system. In April 2012, General Surgeon Eric Smith, D.O., performed Kentucky’s first single-site gallbladder surgery.
King's Daughters Medical Center brought the da Vinci surgical system to this region in 2007. Since then many KDMC surgeons have used it to perform more than 1,500 minimally invasive procedures, including hysterectomies, prostate and open heart surgeries.
Several other surgeons are trained in the da Vinci surgical system at KDMC:
• William Boykin, M.D., urologist
• Eric Bronstein, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon
• Roderick Tompkins, M.D., general surgeon
All OB/GYNs practicing at KDMC also are certified:
• Tony Dotson, D.O.
• Richard Ford, M.D.
• Brian Frederick, M.D.
• Kelsey James, M.D.
• Navita Modi, M.D.
About da Vinci procedures
During the procedure, the surgeon sits comfortably at a console, viewing a 3D, high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy. The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera. In real-time, the system translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient.
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