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The Center for Robotic Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery Options

Robotic Surgery with daVinci Si

The Center for Robotic Surgery at Parkridge East Hospital offers two da Vinci® Si surgical systems at one convenient location for easier access to Chattanooga's most experienced robotic surgery team.

Robotic surgery can be offered in urologic, gynecologic, and general surgery. It offers less pain and scarring, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to daily activities.

For a free physician referral, call Medline® at (423) 622-6848.

What happens during robotic surgery?

During robotic procedures, a surgeon sits at the da Vinci Surgical System console a few feet away from the patient. The surgeon uses the system's controls to operate a tiny camera called a laparoscope that creates a three-dimensional image of the surgical field. The surgeon also controls several electro-mechanically enhanced instruments which enter the body through tiny ports, or openings, made in the skin. These mechanical "hands" allow the surgeon to perform delicate surgical procedures, translating the surgeon's movements into precise, real-time movements.

With nearly all of the natural movements of a human wrist, the robotic system eliminates natural hand tremors and improves dexterity.

Why Choose Robotic Surgery?

The da Vinci Surgical Systems help improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care. Patients may experience the following benefits:

  • Reduced trauma to the body.
  • Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions.
  • Less post-operative pain and discomfort.
  • Less risk of infection.
  • Shorter hospital stay.
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities.
  • Less scarring.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

  • Robotic technology allows very complex surgeries to be performed in a minimally invasive manner
  • Unlike human hands, the robot is completely free of even the slightest tremor - important when conducting delicate microsurgery
  • The robot offers the physician superior dexterity instrumentation with range of motion far greater than that of the human hand
  • The robot scope allows ten times the magnification of the human eye
  • Firefly® integrated fluorescence imaging capabilities provide the physician with real-time, image-guided identification of key anatomical landmarks using near-infrared technology