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KDMC Introduces da Vinci® Robotic-Assisted Surgery

daVinci ConsoleASHLAND, KY — King’s Daughters has added robotic-assisted surgery to its array of high-tech surgical innovations. The da Vinci® Surgical System is a state-of-the-art robotic-assisted surgery system that enables physicians to perform a broad range of complex procedures using minimally invasive techniques.

The da Vinci® Surgical System allows a surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within the operative site. The magnified, three-dimensional view enables the physician to perform precise surgery in complex procedures through small surgical incisions. 

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, Minimally invasive surgery enables physicians to perform many kinds of major surgery with less patient trauma and pain, says urologist Tim Dixon, M.D.

daVinci Hands On“The da Vinci System allows surgeons greater visualization, as well as enhanced dexterity and precision,” Dr. Dixon says. “It promotes the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques, which means shorter hospital stays, reduced risk of infection and less scarring, as well as a faster return to normal activities.”

Dr. Dixon and fellow urologist William Boykin, M.D., are using the da Vinci system to perform minimally invasive prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland), recognized as the fastest growing treatment for prostate cancer.

Other King’s Daughters physicians who will be utilizing the da Vinci System include:
OB/Gyns Richard Ford, M.D., and Brian Frederick, M.D., who will be using the system to perform minimally invasive hysterectomy, (removal of the uterus), a life-saving treatment with serious conditions such as cancer or uncontrollable bleeding.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Marcos Nores, M.D., who will be using the system to perform minimally invasive heart surgery to repair the mitral valve, which may be damaged to coronary artery disease or infection.

The use of robotics takes minimally invasive techniques into a new era, further minimizing the physical and emotional impact of surgery on patients, Dr. Dixon says.

“Robotic technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand, introducing precise, versatile instrument movement combined with 3-D visualization of the operative site,” Dr. Dixon says. “By integrating computer-enhanced technology with the surgeon’s skill, the da Vinci System enables surgeons to enhance healing and promote well-being by performing minimally invasive surgery in a manner never before experienced.”

To learn more about the revolutionary da Vinci Surgical System, visit, or call 1-888-377-KDMC.

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