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Two KDMC Physicians Recognized as da Vinci Surgeons 

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Brian Frederick, M.D.

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Timothy Dixon, M.D.

KDMC obstetrician/gynecologist Brian Frederick, M.D., and urologist Timothy Dixon, M.D., have earned a special designation by Intuitive Surgical® for their accomplishments associated with the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System. Intuitive lists on the website the names of the physicians who have completed a recommended number of da Vinci® cases in the past year, resulting in positive outcomes.

 

In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Frederick has earned the distinction as the first obstetrician/gynecologist in Kentucky and the first in King’s Daughters’ service area to complete criteria required to be recognized by Intuitive Surgical® on its da Vinci® surgery website — www.intuitivesurgical.com.

The da Vinci® is a robotic-assisted surgery system utilizing state-of-the-art technology that enables physicians to perform a broad range of complex procedures using minimally invasive techniques. While conventional open surgical procedures often require large incisions, physicians who utilize the da Vinci® surgical system create tiny incisions, often smaller than a dime. Da Vinci® allows surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions.

The magnified, three-dimensional view assists the physician in performing complex procedures through these small surgical incisions, allowing for less patient trauma; therefore, making way for a reduction in pain and blood loss, less scarring and recovery time.

The da Vinci® system allows surgeons greater visualization, as well as enhanced precision, Dr. Frederick said. “By combining this computer-enhanced technology with the surgeon’s skill, the da Vinci® system allows us to take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand,” he said.

It is important for patients to understand that the surgeon uses the robotic technology to assist him; the robot doesn’t work on its own — it is just an extension of the surgeon’s own hands, said Dr. Dixon. “The surgery is robotic-assisted; it does not replace the surgeon. The system cannot act without the surgeon’s direction,” he said.

Da Vinci Hysterectomy

Each year in the United States, doctors perform approximately 600,000 hysterectomies (surgical removal of the uterus), making it the second most common surgical procedure. Most often, hysterectomy is scheduled to treat problems ranging from discomfort due to endometriosis… to life-threatening cancer.

However, statistics show many women prolong a recommended hysterectomy, especially if there is a non-cancerous diagnosis, primarily because of the six- to eight-week recovery period for traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy.

Da Vinci Prostatectomy

Prostate cancer affects many thousands of men in the United States each year. The prostate is a male reproductive gland, located below the bladder. Studies show that da Vinci prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland) may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today. Benefits of the robotic surgery, other than effective cancer control, include improved and early return of continence and sexual function.

Both da Vinci® hysterectomy and prostatectomy offer numerous advantages over traditional approaches, including a desired shorter recovery period, said Dr. Frederick. Potential benefits of da Vinci® hysterectomy or prostatectomy include:

  • significantly less pain
  • less blood loss
  • fewer complications
  • less scarring
  • shorter hospital stay
  • faster return to normal daily activities

Other King’s Daughters physicians who are utilizing the da Vinci® system are obstetrician/gynecologist Richard Ford, M.D., and urologist William Boykin, M.D. Cardiothoracic surgeon Marcos Nores, M.D., has used the da Vinci to perform minimally invasive heart surgery to repair the mitral valve, which may be damaged due to coronary artery disease or infection.

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