Blacksburg, VA – Jason R. Fowlkes, MD, FACS, a board-certified general surgeon with LewisGale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg, Virginia, reached a milestone by completing his 500th robotic surgery on Sept. 14, 2020.

Dr. Fowlkes routinely performs the following surgeries utilizing robotics:

  • Hernia repairs to fix tears in the abdominal wall
  • Anti-reflux surgery for those patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Common colon procedures
  • Gallbladder surgery to remove the gallbladder and gallstones

Dr. Fowlkes has been performing robotic surgeries since June 2017. Since that time, he has seen his patients experience many positive benefits. One of the benefits is a decrease in a patient's hospital stay.

"A traditional colon resection can result in a three-to-five-day hospital stay as opposed to performing the surgery laparoscopically where the incision is tiny and their time in the hospital is minimal. Immediately following the surgery, patients are eating gelatin and broth and preparing for discharge to the comfort of their homes. The smaller incision also decreases the area where an infection could develop and it is more cosmetically appealing to the patient," said Dr. Fowlkes. "Another significant advantage to robotic surgery is that the patient often needs much less pain medication."

"At LewisGale Hospital Montgomery we offer the most technologically advanced surgical treatment options for our community. We congratulate Dr. Fowlkes for the milestone that he has reached at our hospital. Our patients truly benefit from his vast experience and we are proud to have surgeons of his caliber on our hospital staff who successfully serve our patients throughout southwest Virginia," explained Alan Fabian, CEO of LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.

After earning his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Fowlkes completed his internship and his residency in Roanoke. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. His experience in general surgery includes his tenure as the Director of Trauma and he currently serves as the Chief of Surgery at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.