MARSHALL COUNTY — Mercy Health Physicians is opening a general surgery satellite location in Marshall County, KY. The expansion of Mercy Health General Surgery into Marshall County makes it convenient for patients living in and around the area to access exceptional care close to home.
Mercy Health – Marshall General Surgery is located at 83 Wellness Way, Second Floor, Benton, Kentucky 42025. The new satellite location is housed within the Mercy Health – Marshall Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics office, located in the heart of Draffenville on Highway 68 just off I-69.
General surgeons Alice Higdon, DO and Clinton Kaufman, DO will rotate Fridays in Marshall County starting Feb. 4 and maintain their normal schedule at Mercy Health – Paducah General Surgery. Their hours of operation at Marshall General Surgery will be from 9 a.m.-noon with plans to expand their Friday hours based on patient demand.
Patients can schedule new patient appointments with a referral from their primary care provider. New and established patients who wish to receive care closer to home can schedule office visits, follow-ups, in-office procedures, and post-surgery appointments at Marshall General Surgery. Drs. Higdon and Kaufman will still perform all surgeries at Lourdes Hospital and Mercy Health – Paducah Outpatient Surgery Center.
Drs. Higdon and Kaufman perform breast, colon and rectal, gallbladder, gastrointestinal malignancy, general, melanoma, soft tissue and stomach surgeries. In addition, they are both certified in the da Vinci® Surgical System, which they use to perform:
- Appendectomies for patients with appendicitis
- Cholecystectomies to remove the gallbladder
- Hernia repairs
- Robotic colon surgeries for the treatment of a variety of colon cancers and recurrent diverticular disease
The da Vinci Surgical System is a sophisticated surgical tool that allows Drs. Higdon and Kaufman to perform surgical procedures for complex issues through 1–2 cm incisions. Small incisions mean shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times for patients. Other benefits include:
- Less pain and blood loss
- Less risk of infection or scarring
- Faster return to normal daily activities
Lourdes Hospital was the first in the region with robotic-assisted surgery, introducing it in 2019.
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