Robotic Surgery

Chattanooga Gyn-Oncology is leading the way in using robots for a less invasive gynecologic cancer surgery.

Rather than working through one large incision, the robot allows physcians to work through a few small incisions. The physician guides the robot's arms from a console several feet away from the operating table. One arm holds a miniature high resolution 3-D camera, giving the surgeon a magnified, more detailed view of the surgical area.

Active in robotic surgery since April 2004, Dr. Chamberlain uses robotic surgery for surgeries like Type III radical hysterectomies, endometrial cancer staging procedures, early ovarian cancer staging procedures, and complex benign hysterectomies on patients who have had many abdominal surgeries in the past.

Dr. Chamberlain travels the country teaching other gynecologic oncologists how to use the robotic system. Most recently, he presented the largest da Vinci series in gynecologic oncology or gynecology to the Florida Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.

Approved by the FDA for use in 2000, there are now almost 300 robotic surgery systems in the United States. Chattanooga offers two locations for robotic surgery — Erlanger Medical Center and Parkridge Medical Center.

Robotic surgery benefits over traditional surgery:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Faster recovery
  • Less risk of wound infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring

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Robotic Surgery Fast Facts

Average Number of Incisions
3
First Robotic Surgery
2003
Average Incision Length (cm)
2
Number of Robotic Surgeries completed by Dr. Chamberlain
2000