St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System is now able to offer urological services via the da Vinci Surgical System with the addition of urologist Dr. Seth Hollenbach this week.
The da Vinci Surgical system enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with increased vision, precision, dexterity and control. Mercy purchased the da Vinci Surgical System in 2010 and it has been utilized for hysterectomy procedures.
Dr. Hollenbach’s arrival will allow St. Joseph’s Mercy to offer the da Vinci prostatectomy in the Hot Springs area for the first time.
Dr. Hollenbach is originally from Murfreesboro and earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas For Medical Sciences in Little Rock in 2006. After a general surgery internship, he completed his urology residency at UAMS.
As an urologist, Dr. Hollenbach provides diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the urinary tract in men and women, and diseases of the male reproductive system. This can include tumors, congenital diseases, trauma, inflammatory problems, treatment for fertility/infertility and impotence. He also provides treatment for female incontinence.
“I had some good mentors when I came through and really liked surgery. The guys I was associated with were all urologists. They were good people, fun to be around and took good care of their patients,” Dr. Hollenbach said.
Having trained on the da Vinci robot, Hollenbach knows the impact it will have on the Hot Springs area.
“It’s really nice to bring that technology down here to the people of Southern Arkansas. This is where I’m from. My family and everyone else had to drive a long way for that technology in the past,” he said. “It’s nice to bring it to where they don’t have to drive so far.”
Hollenbach is a member of the Arkansas Medical Society, Arkansas Urology Association and American Urology Association. He received the Resident Achievement Award from the Society of Laparoendscopic Surgeons and is the Arkansas state representative to the American Association of Clinical Urologists. He is also a former baseball player at UALR, where he earned a Chemistry degree.
Dr. Hollenbach will see patients out of the Mercy Clinic location at 220 McAuley Court in Hot Springs.