Thoracic Surgery Menu Thoracic & Foregut Surgery Meet Your Thoracic Doctors Lung Conditions Lung Cancer in Kentucky Lung Cancer Screenings Mesothelioma Esophageal Conditions Achalasia Esophageal Cancer Esophageal Diverticulum Esophageal Perforation GERD Leiomyoma Motility Disorders Paraesophageal/Hiatal Hernias Other Chest Conditions Patient Success Stories The White Ribbon Project Dr. Williams Performs 100th da Vinci Robotic Surgery St. Elizabeth Healthcare is the first healthcare system in the region to have standardized to an all-4th Generation da Vinci Robotics System platform, the most advanced surgical robotic system available on the market. The dedication of surgeons such as Dr. Williams and her team allows St. Elizabeth to provide the highest quality care to our patients. Along with thoracic, we currently offer robotic procedures in the specialties of general surgery, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, urology and bariatric. St. Elizabeth expects to perform 1,900 robotic procedures in 2019. To Dr. Williams, it's just another way to help her patients, "The robot is an excellent tool that allows me to perform intricate surgery in a minimally Invasive way allowing quicker recovery and less pain for my patients." Robotic surgery allows our surgeons the ability to move patients from open procedures to procedures that require smaller and fewer incisions. The benefits are less hospital time, getting our patients back home to their families and friends with reduced pain and discomfort, faster recovery times and reduced risk of infections. St. Elizabeth has seven da Vinci systems overall, including six of the 4th Generation, known as da Vinci Xi and da Vinci X. Learn more about our fleet of da Vinci robots right here.