Robotically Assisted Surgery at Fort Sanders Regional is an extremely precise, minimally invasive, and highly effective alternative to conventional chest, abdominal and prostate cancer surgery. Conventional procedures of this type require large incisions, while robotically assisted technology allows surgeons to work through 1-2 cm incisions with better vision.
Benefits are significant. There is less damage to surrounding healthy tissue, patients experience less pain, blood loss and complications, and the recovery time is shorter.
The surgical robotics system is completely under the surgeon’s control and replicates the surgeon’s movements in real time. It cannot be programmed or make decisions on its own. The surgeon sits at a console and uses a thumb and forefinger to manipulate robotic arms that have specific functions. The patient lies on a regular surgical bed and is monitored by an anesthesiologist and specially trained surgical staff members who change the functions of the arms by simply snapping a laser or certain type of scalpel in place.
Combining computer-based technology with the skills of our surgeons enhances the healing and well-being of patients.