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Robotic-Assisted Surgery

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.

Patient Stories

  • Back in the Saddle

    After spine surgery at Fort Sanders Regional, Michelle Rose is finally free from the suffering that held her back for so long.

  • Going Beyond the Limit

    Tammy Brooks arrived by helicopter at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at least 24 hours – maybe even several days – after suffering an acute ischemic stroke.

  • WATE-TV: East Tennessee man survives one of the deadliest types of stroke

    A local man survived the type of stroke that normally kills 80 percent of its victims. He’s doing so well, he just moved to Europe and is enjoying life to its fullest. It’s been three and a half years since Ken Harrawood suffered a stroke. It hit while he was driving to Y-12 for his first day of work with Bechtel. He now lives in Manchester, England.

  • WATE-TV: Technician who works with stroke patients becomes one himself

    Adam Hill gets the tools in place for the next life-saving surgery in the interventional radiology lab at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. As lead tech, Hill knows this place like the back of his hand. He never dreamed he’d be a patient receiving treatment here, suffering from a ruptured aneurysm, like so many patients he’s helped treat.

  • Fast Action Makes a Difference for Stroke Patient

    Since recovering from a stroke, Paul DeWitt appreciates simple pleasures that are easily taken for granted. He grasps a cup of coffee. He smiles and laughs. He even appreciates the ability to whistle.

  • Doctors Use Tiny Vacuum To Help Stroke Patients

    Jane Coleman heard her husband make an odd noise, “almost like hiccups but not exactly,” but when she turned to look at him, she knew immediately what was happening: He was having a stroke.