Patients are researching their options for surgery more than ever, and the research shows experience matters. Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) is home to the da Vinci Xi™ Surgical System; the most advanced robotic surgical system available, and performs more minimally invasive robotic procedures than any other hospital in the region.


“Robotics has revolutionized minimally invasive surgery,” said James Jensen, MD, a board-certified urologic oncologist and director of robotic surgery at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor/chair of the Department of Surgery at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (MUJCESM). Jensen has performed close to 1,500 robotic kidney, bladder and prostate cancer procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System. “I was among the first 20 doctors in the country to adopt robotic surgery as a full-time practice, and since then, the technology, tools and techniques have only improved.”

Dr. Jensen uses the da Vinci to perform a wide range of procedures, from radical prostatectomy to urethral reconstruction surgery. The procedures are performed laparoscopically, but with greater precision and better access to hard-to-reach areas than traditional laparoscopy.


Nadim Bou Zgheib, MD, a board certified and fellowship trained gynecologic oncologist at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center has performed over 1,000 cases using the da Vinci Surgical System.

“With the da Vinci, I am able to perform extremely complex procedures through the same small incisions you would find in traditional laparoscopy,” said Bou Zgheib, who is also the Chairman of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Robotics Committee and an assistant professor in the Department of Gynecology at MUJCESM. “The da Vinci Surgical System is essentially an interface for laparoscopic surgery, but it’s an interface with tremendous advantages for both surgeons and patients.”

Among the benefits for patients are less pain, less blood loss, less risk of infection and a quicker recovery. For surgeons, it reduces fatigue, something that’s very important in complex surgeries, and it provides a more ergonomic environment than a standard operating room.


“It gives us greater precision and control and better visualization of the operating field. Simply put, it enhances our surgical capabilities,” said Blaine Nease, MD, a board-certified bariatric surgeon at Cabell Huntington Hospital and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at MUJCESM”

Dr. Nease recently completed his 500th procedure using the da Vinci. He specializes in surgical weight control procedures such as gastric bi-pass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric band.

“We’re getting people back to their lives,” he said. “The growth of our da Vinci program has been a significant milestone in terms of surgical advancement and improved quality of life for our patients.”

The Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cabell Huntington Hospital is a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery and has been recognized as a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery by the Surgery Review Corporation. CHH is the only hospital in the state of West Virginia to achieve these designations.

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