Physician Reaches Milestone with 1,000th Robotic Procedure at Baptist Health-Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, Ark. – A surgeon at Baptist Health-Fort Smith recently reached a milestone as she completed her 1,000th robotic-assisted procedure.

JeanMarie Householder, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who specializes in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgeries using the da Vinci surgical system at Baptist Health-Fort Smith. She has been with the health system for 17 years. In addition to gynecological services, Dr. Householder also provides obstetric care to women in the River Valley.

The da Vinci surgical system allows surgeons to perform complex, delicate operations with increased precision and improved dexterity through four robotic arms. The system can be used in a wide range of gynecological and urological procedures.

During robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon is seated at a console a few feet away from the patient and views a 3D high-definition image of the surgical site while operating in real-time through tiny incisions using electromechanically-enhanced instruments. A team of surgical staff are positioned at the patient’s side to assist the physician, as needed.

Robotic-assisted procedures often result in less pain, faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay compared to other surgeries.  Gynecological surgeries the system can be used for include:

  • Hysterectomy for benign conditions
  • Hysterectomy for cancer
  • Pelvic organ prolapse surgery
  • Myomectomy
  • Endometriosis resection

To request a consultation for robotic-assisted surgery and to learn more about its use in gynecological and urological procedures, visit

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