Surgery doesn't always mean large cuts (incisions) and long healing times, as in the past. Depending on the type of surgery, several methods may be used. Minimally invasive surgery is available with or without the assistance of a robotic system depending on the nature of the procedure. It uses small incisions or natural openings such as the mouth, nose or rectum as an entrance to perform the procedure. Not all conditions are right for this approach. It also can be used to assess illnesses and injuries, take tissue samples and make repairs.

  • Laparoscopy. This procedure uses a tube with a light and a camera lens at the end (laparoscope) to look at organs in the belly. It's often used to look inside the body without making large incisions. Tissue samples may also be taken for exam and testing.

  • Endoscopy. This test uses a small, flexible tube with a light and a camera lens at the end (endoscope). It's used to look at the inside of the hollow organs of the digestive tract. Tissue samples may also be taken for testing. Endoscopy may be used on the stomach (gastroscopy), the esophagus (esophagoscopy), and the colon (sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy).

  • Arthroscopy. This is used to look inside a joint with the use of a scope (arthroscope). It's most often used to inspect and possibly repair the inside of the knee, shoulder, or hip joint.

  • Bronchoscopy. This is the exam of the main airways of the lungs (bronchi) using a rigid or flexible tube (bronchoscope). Bronchoscopy helps assess and diagnose lung problems. It also helps assess blockages, take samples of tissue or fluid, or help remove a foreign body.

  • Thoracoscopy. This is minimally invasive surgery in the chest cavity. 

  • Cystoscopy. This procedure puts a viewing tube to look at the urethra and bladder cavity.

  • Hysteroscopy. This is used to look at the cervical canal and uterine cavity with an endoscope.

  • Laryngoscopy. This is used to look at the voice box (larynx) with a mirror or viewing tube.

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery are:

  • Fewer, smaller incisions (if an incision is made)
  • Significantly smaller scars
  • Less internal scarring
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less post-operative discomfort since the incisions are much smaller
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Earlier return to full activities
  • Reduced blood loss

Types of surgery available include:

Marshall Health and Cabell Huntington Hospital are proud to offer the latest in cutting edge technology through da Vinci® robotic surgery. Unlike how its name may imply, surgery is performed under the direction of a highly-trained surgeon and not a robot. The surgeon uses the robotic system as a tool to accomplish complex procedures with precision, dexterity and control far greater than what could be achieved with a human hand.

The results are:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster return to daily activities
  • Potential for better clinical outcomes

Types of da Vinci® robotic surgery available include:







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CHH Center for Surgical Weight Control

20th Street Professional Building
1115 20th Street
Huntington, WV 25703
Phone: 304-399-4121

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Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center - OB/GYN

Cabell Huntington Hospital
1400 Hal Greer Boulevard
2nd Floor
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304-399-6600

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Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center - Surgery

Cabell Huntington Hospital
1400 Hal Greer Boulevard
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304-399-6600 / 304-399-6556

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Marshall Eye Surgeons

East Hills Professional Center
5187 U.S. Route 60
Suite 6
Huntington, WV 25705
Phone: 304-691-8800

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Marshall Eye Surgeons - Charleston

331 Laidley Street
Suite 201
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-746-8990

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Marshall Obstetrics & Gynecology

An outpatient department of Cabell Huntington Hospital
Marshall University Medical Center
1600 Medical Center Drive
4th Floor
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304-691-1400
Toll-Free Phone: 877-691-1600

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Marshall Obstetrics & Gynecology - East Huntington

5170 Route 60
Suite 3400
Huntington, WV 25705
Phone: 304-399-2480

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Marshall Obstetrics & Gynecology - Teays Valley

300 Corporate Center Drive
3rd Floor
Scott Depot, WV 25560
Phone: 304-691-1800

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Marshall Orthopaedics

An outpatient department of Cabell Huntington Hospital
Marshall University Medical Center
1600 Medical Center Drive
Ground Floor
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304-691-1262
Toll-Free Phone: 877-691-1600

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Marshall Orthopaedics - Ashland

King's Daughters Medical Center
Medical Plaza B
613 23rd Street, Suite G30
Ashland, KY 41101
Phone: 606-327-0036

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Marshall Orthopaedics - Point Pleasant

Pleasant Valley Hospital
2520 Valley Drive
Suite 211
Point Pleasant, WV 25550
Phone: 304-675-2781

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Marshall Orthopaedics - Teays Valley

300 Corporate Center Drive
1st Floor
Scott Depot, WV 25560
Phone: 304-691-6710

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Marshall Pediatric Ophthalmology - Teays Valley

300 Corporate Center Drive
1st Floor
Scott Depot, WV 25560
Phone: 304-691-8901

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Marshall Sports Medicine Institute

2211 Third Avenue
Huntington, WV 25703
Phone: 304-691-1880

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Marshall Surgery

An outpatient department of Cabell Huntington Hospital
Marshall University Medical Center
1600 Medical Center Drive
2nd Floor, Suite 2500
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304-691-1200
Toll-Free Phone: 855-316-1081

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