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Surgery at Fort Sanders Regional

female patient in scrubs prepped for surgery

Fort Sanders Regional’s extensive surgical capabilities are transforming the surgery experience for patients in East Tennessee. From the area’s first robotically assisted surgery system, to minimally invasive brain and spinal cord procedures, we provide patients with more opportunities for an exceptional surgical experience. Our surgery center also offers traditional surgical options including advanced laparoscopy and day surgery procedures.

a robotic surgery machine

Robotically Assisted Surgery

Fort Sanders Regional introduced the robotic-assisted surgery system to East Tennessee in December 2004. The surgeon’s hand and finger movements are performed on a computer console that is directly linked to robotic instruments positioned inside the patient through tiny incisions. Small incisions can mean less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker recovery for patients.

Hybrid Operating Room

Hybrid operating rooms provide many surgeons the ability to more accurately perform delicate procedures, by allowing for real-time CT imaging during a procedure.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery offers:

  • Less scarring
  • Less pain, and
  • A more rapid recovery.

A laparoscope is a narrow, tube-like instrument with a camera and light on the tip. The camera allows physicians to see tissue and organs inside the abdominal cavity without fully opening it with a surgical incision. For most laparoscopic surgeries, the scope is inserted either through the abdominal wall or the belly button.

Laparoscopic procedures include:

  • Removal of the gallbladder, appendix, adrenal gland, and several types of hernias (hiatal, incisional, inguinal, etc.).
  • Liver biopsies
  • Splenectomies (removal of the spleen)
  • Bowel resections

What Type of Surgeries are Performed at Fort Sanders Regional?

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Colon/Rectal Surgery
Day Surgery
General Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Plastic Surgery
Sinus Surgery
Surgical Oncology
Vascular Surgery

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

  • Hospital
  • Laboratory
  • Emergency Room

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