Frankfort Regional Medical Center continues to invest in its growing robotic surgery program with the completion of 100 robotic-assisted general surgery cases. With less patient discomfort and improved results, minimally-invasive surgery has become an increasingly popular option over traditional open surgery and laparoscopic surgery. Patients typically have a shorter hospitalization period, quicker healing and return to normal activity, reduced blood loss, and reduced post-procedure pain.

“Frankfort Regional Medical Center is fortunate to be part of HCA Healthcare and are grateful for the investments they make to our hospital to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Reed Hammond, chief executive officer of Frankfort Regional Medical Center. “Now, residents in Frankfort and the surrounding areas have access to this cutting-edge technology.”

Timothy Bowling, M.D., board certified general surgeon, began performing robotic-assisted surgeries in May 2022, and the hospital celebrated the milestone on April 13, 2023.  

“It has been exciting to be part of the growing robotics program at Frankfort Regional Medical Center,” said Dr. Bowling.  “I have seen such a positive effect on my patients since beginning to utilize robotic-assisted surgery, keeping them close to home for care and allowing them to get back to their everyday lives as quickly as possible.”

Surgeons utilizing robotic-assisted surgical technology have an enhanced and magnified view of inside the patient’s body, instruments that bend and rotate farther than human hands, and overall enhanced precision and control. The surgeon is 100-percent in control of the robotic-assisted system.

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