Frankfort Regional Medical Center (FRMC) now offers robotic-assisted surgical procedures for patients, expanding healthcare options and improving patient outcomes in the Frankfort area and surrounding communities. The hospital’s first robot is an advancement in care for patients requiring surgery, offering less invasive procedures and faster recoveries to the community.

“We have brought state-of-the-art technology to the hospital for the communities we serve,” said Reed Hammond, chief executive officer at FRMC. “Robotic-assisted surgery uses advanced technology, which helps the surgeon provide consistent and reproducible outcomes.”

Robotic technology takes minimally invasive surgery a step further by allowing surgeons to operate using robotic “arms” inserted through the incisions. Guided by the surgeon, the robotic arms hold and manipulate the surgical tools. The surgeon views the surgical area on high-definition, three-dimensional video that magnifies the surgical area up to 10 times larger than normal and uses an instrument panel to control every movement of the robotic arms. The arms give the surgeon much more dexterity, precision, and control because they can move in any direction and do things human hands cannot.

The surgeon has extensive training and experience using robotic surgical equipment and is fully in control of the robot at all times. The robotic system never makes a movement, or even an incision, on its own. Each procedure is performed by a highly experienced and skilled team of surgeons, nurses, and technicians who are specially trained to use robotic surgical systems.

“The ability to combine a surgeon’s experience with robotic precision makes the new robot an invaluable tool,” said Dr. Robert Farrell, bariatric surgeon at FRMC. “An experienced surgeon can use the robot as a high precision tool to improve the accuracy and repeatability of surgical steps, which then translates into excellent surgical outcome for patients.”

Benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include a quicker recovery, reduced hospital stay, less pain and scarring, and faster regaining of motion and function. To learn more about this new technology at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, visit: