Monday, May 02, 2011
Fort Sanders Regional Hosts Live Robotic Surgery Telecast
Hundreds of surgeons and Obstetricians and Gynecologists from around the globe recently witnessed a live robotically-assisted surgery for endometriosis, telecast from Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. The surgery telecast was part of the World Symposium of Endometriosis (WSE) being held in Atlanta. The WSE is the largest international conference specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of the common condition endometriosis.
Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists’ Gynecological Obstetrician L. Michael Fields, M.D., assisted by Dr. Robert McKeown, performed an endometriosis resection (removing endometriosis) with the da Vinci surgical robotic system. Dr. Fields developed the robotic endometriosis procedural technique that was demonstrated for the WSE Conference attendees.
Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to your endometrial lining grows outside the uterus. The tissue may grow on the surface of pelvic organs or in other abdominal areas. It can cause severe pain, bleeding and is one of the top three causes of female infertility. Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, effecting more than 5.5 million American women.
Dr. Fields is a pioneer in using robotically-assisted surgery to treat endometriosis. The benefits of robotic surgery include less pain and a quicker recovery. For endometriosis patients the precise movements of the robotic system can also help preserve normal tissue and decrease the chance of future complications. The enhanced visualization of the 3-D viewing field allows the surgeon to better see the abnormal tissue.
Dr. Fields and Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center were selected to host the telecast because of their level of experience in robotic surgery technology. The hospital serves as an EpiCenter training facility for robotically-assisted procedures.
Robotic-assisted surgery is available at Fort Sanders Regional, Parkwest, and Methodist Medical Centers. For a list of Covenant Health physicians trained in robotic surgery, please call (865) 541-4500.