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Cuero Regional Hospital Introduces da Vinci Robot-Assisted Surgery

Hospital news | Monday, January 9, 2023

Contact: Tamara Kainer

Cuero Regional Hospital Introduces
Da Vinci Robot-Assisted Surgery

Cuero, Texas - As part of its ongoing site improvements and expansion of services, Cuero Regional Hospital announced their expansion of surgical services by introducing the innovative da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.

The da Vinci surgical system further advances the technology used in minimally invasive surgery. By enabling efficient access throughout the abdomen or chest, the surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci System, which translates their hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. Robotic-assisted surgery is used in specialty areas including gynecology, urology, thoracic and general surgery.

“Da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery is the accepted standard of care for many specialties in more populated areas,” said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Regional Hospital. “Now our rural patients have more opportunities to choose Cuero Regional Hospital for their surgical services.”

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“The addition of robotic surgery greatly enhances our ability to provide the highest quality surgical care to our patients,” said Falcone. “For our surgeon, Dr. Stephen Lester, M.D., F.A.C.S., it is about having the clearest optics, vision and precision. For the patient it is about less pain and quicker recovery. It is a key part of our commitment to delivering safe surgery by the most minimally invasive techniques possible.”

“By bringing on the da Vinci robotic system, our hospital takes patient care to a whole new level,” said Falcone. “We remain devoted as ever in providing high quality medical services and compassionate support for every person we serve.”

Created by the robotic surgery company, Intuitive, the highly advanced da Vinci Robotic System is a 27-year old pioneer in the industry of robotic surgery. This technology was designed to minimize the need for large incisions; the system is focused on minimal invasiveness and is known to produce effective results without long recovery periods.

Dr. Stephen Lester, Cuero Regional Hospital’s surgeon, leads the charge of robotic surgery with the da Vinci System. Dr. Lester joined Cuero Regional Hospital in late November and brings with him almost two decades of surgical expertise, both general and robotic-based. His impressive skill set is complemented by his commitment to minimally invasive surgery techniques, specifically those utilizing the da Vinci Robotic System.

“As surgeons, it is critical that we are able to perform surgeries with great precision and with minimal trauma to tissues allowing for faster recovery and better outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Lester, surgeon at Cuero Regional Hospital.

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“Equally important, is that we are able to complete these surgeries with the patient having less pain than traditional surgery. I am very excited to offer robotic surgery to our patients at Cuero Regional Hospital.”

“Here at Cuero Regional Hospital, we have a fantastic surgical team, specifically trained to perform these cases. We couldn’t do it without their dedication and expertise,” said Falcone. For more information on Cuero Regional Hospital surgical services, visit


About Cuero Regional Hospital

Cuero Regional Hospital is committed to providing compassionate care to those they serve with a commitment to excellence in all they do. The team at CRH places quality and commitment at the forefront of every interaction between staff and patients. Visit us online at for more information on our services and procedures.

About the da Vinci surgical system

There are several models of the da Vinci surgical system. The da Vinci surgical systems are designed to help surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery. Da Vinci systems offer surgeons high-definition 3D vision, a magnified view, and robotic and computer assistance. They use specialized instrumentation, including a miniaturized surgical camera and wristed instruments (i.e., scissors, scalpels and forceps) that are designed to help with precise dissection and reconstruction deep inside the body.