Hazard ARH now using da Vinci robot for some minimally invasive surgeries


Surgeons at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center are now performing minimally invasive robotic surgeries using the da Vinci Surgical System, a state-of-the-art surgical option that provides patients with virtually scarless results.

When using the robotic-assisted da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. The da Vinci System also features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system. As a result, da Vinci enables the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision and precision.

da Vinci Surgery is a less invasive technique than what is referred to as “open” surgery. With da Vinci Surgery, the incisions made by the surgeon are much smaller than the cut made during open surgery. da Vinci Surgery is therefore considered “minimally invasive surgery.” Studies of da Vinci Surgery have shown the following benefits in comparison to open surgery:

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine
  •  A faster recovery
  • Smaller incisions associated with minimal scarring

 Since its introduction, da Vinci Surgery has greatly reduced the number of open surgeries for common operations (such as hysterectomy and prostatectomy). Thanks to da Vinci technology, more patients have been offered minimally invasive surgery (MIS) than at any other time in history.

“At Hazard ARH, we have seen significant evolutions in minimally invasive surgery over the last few years that have transformed general surgery,” says Dan Stone, Community CEO at Hazard ARH. “We are committed to our mission of putting our patients first and strive to provide them with the most minimally invasive surgical options. We are truly thrilled to be a leader in this field.”

Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Other options may be available and appropriate. Only a doctor can determine whether da Vinci Surgery is appropriate for a patient’s situation. Patients and doctors should review all available information on both non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision.

 For more information about clinical evidence related to da Vinci Surgery, please visit www.intuitivesurgical.com/company/clinical-evidence.


About Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center is a 358-bed, acute-care hospital with an adjacent psychiatric hospital Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system, a not-for-profit health system operating 10 hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies in Kentucky and West Virginia. ARH employs nearly 5,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $297 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, and is consistently recognized for its medical excellence.


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