DA VINCI SURGICAL TEAM: From left to right are Sarah Hickman, Jared Bentley, Dr. Luke Edwards, Dr. Dustin Gayheart, Chelsey LeMaster and Bobby Blanton. The team recently performed the 100th robotic surgery.
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PMC da Vinci surgical team performs 100th robotic surgery

By: 
Amanda Jo Lawson

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to announce a milestone has been reached, with their 100th surgery using the da Vinci XI Surgical System.

This minimally-invasive surgery benefits the patient through shorter hospital stays, less pain and scarring, less risk of wound infections, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, faster recovery and quicker return to normal activities.

PMC Urologist, Dustin Gayheart, M.D. said, “In the past surgery would typically require large open incisions but with the da Vinci System we make several small incisions. We operate robotic surgeries using a control system which allows our hand movements to make more precise movements, using tiny instruments inside the body.”

The procedures are enhanced by the use of high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view.

“We are excited to announce the completion of our 100th procedure,” said Dr. Gayheart. “We have an excellent surgery team. Dr. Luke Edwards and I are blessed with a talented, well-trained team that is dedicated to doing their very best for our patients.”

This cutting-edge technology helps keep patients close to home and gets them back to their normal lives as quickly as possible.

PMC is dedicated to continuing to advance health care and better serve its patients throughout eastern Kentucky.

For additional information about the da Vinci XI Surgical System call 606-218-2202 or visit www.pikevillehospital.org.