• With technical advances today, surgery does not necessarily mean large incisions, as in the past.

  • Robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy uses a computer to control the surgical instruments during the surgery.

  • One way for a surgeon to do laparoscopic surgery is with the help of a robot.

da Vinci® ... Changing the Experience of Surgery at Tennova Healthcare

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include:

Smaller incisions – provide faster healing and little to no scarring
Shortened hospital stay, or even outpatient surgery
Minimal blood loss – less chance a blood transfusion will be needed during surgery
Less post-surgical pain – minimizes the length of time or need for pain medication
Faster healing time – you will be back to your normal routine faster


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MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement offers new treatment options for those living with painful early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee, affecting only one or two components of the knee, and who prefer a less invasive surgery and more rapid recovery than total knee arthroplasty.

The entire procedure only requires a four to six inch incision over the knee. Tactile, intelligent robotic arm technology and three-dimensional visualization of the knee guides the surgeon in controlled resurfacing of the pre-defined area, saving as much of the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue as possible.

Using CT scan data, the surgeon follows a three dimensional computer model of the patient’s pre-surgical plan. During the procedure, real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback facilitates ideal implant positioning and placement.

It is this level of planning and surgical accuracy in treating earlier stage knee osteoarthritis that can result in a more natural feeling knee and motion.

In many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.

What is MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty?

Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) is a procedure known as total hip replacement that is supported by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. This innovative solution was designed for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease. RIO® enables surgeons to achieve a new level of precision using the latest techniques in total hip replacement and is designed to restore patient mobility and active lifestyle.

RIO® robotic arm technology provides your surgeon a patient-specific 3-D model to pre-plan your hip replacement. During the procedure, tactile, visual, auditory feedback, and real-time data assists your surgeon in preparing the hip joint and placing the implants in the desired orientation with more accuracy.

If your surgeon determines that you are a good candidate for the MAKOplasty® procedure, he or she will schedule a computed tomography (CT) scan of your hip one or two weeks prior to your surgery date. This is used to create your unique surgical plan for optimal implant placement.

For more information, read the MAKOplasty FAQ » or learn more at MAKOplasty »

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da Vinci® Surgical System

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The da Vinci® Surgical System provides your surgeon with tremendous surgical accuracy utilizing high-definition 3D vision and a magnified operating view. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci cannot act on its own: The surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.

Together, da Vinci technology allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. As a result patients are often able to get back to their daily routines faster — without the usual recovery for traditional surgeries.

To date, the da Vinci System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures.

For more information, read the da Vinci FAQ »

News Stories

Training surgeons from around the world

Turkey Creek Medical Center is designated as a training ground for teaching surgeons how to perform robotic-assisted hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures using the da Vinci® Surgical System. This designation as an Intuitive Surgical GYN Epicenter puts Turkey Creek Medical Center in an elite category—the only Epicenter in Tennessee and one of only 24 nationwide. Read the full article »

Chris Ramsey, MD and PRMC Named an Observation Site for Robotic Prostatectomies

As a National Observation Site for robotic prostatectomies, Chris Ramsey, M.D., and the surgical team at Physicians Regional Medical Center are available to surgeons who want to learn more about robotic assisted surgeries. National Observation Site designation by Intuitive Surgical recognizes a surgeon, who consistently demonstrates good outcomes in high numbers of patients, and a surgical team that exemplify the components of a successful robotic assisted surgical program. Read the full article »

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Robotic Surgery Center

The Robotic Surgery Center at Tennova Healthcare is home to some of the most sought-after physicians in the country performing the newest, most innovative techniques in surgery today. Our physicians not only learn and practice cutting edge medicine, but many are involved in the development of new treatments through active clinical research.

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