Robotic Surgery

David Martin, MD -  - Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology

Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists

David Martin, MD

Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology & Gynecologic Oncologist located in Knoxville, TN

There’s no better an example of the technological advances in modern medicine than robotic surgery. And under the direction of David Martin, MD, Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists is one of the only practices in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area to offer robotic laparoscopic surgery for ovarian cancer and endometriosis. For more information, call the office or use the online booking feature.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is robotic surgery?

When it comes to surgery of any kind, the primary goal is to cause the least amount of collateral damage, which is primarily accomplished through minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopy. At Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists, Dr. Martin takes this technique one step further with robotic assistance.

While the term robot may conjure up images of androids in a surgical theater, the reality is that robot-assisted surgery is the perfect blend of human experience and knowledge with technological precision and accuracy.

With robotic surgery, Dr. Martin controls a robotic arm through a specialized console that interprets the movements of his hands in very small spaces. Each robotic arm has a great range of motion, while also providing unparalleled precision, allowing him to perform highly complex procedures without the need for open surgery.

Depending upon the extent of your surgery, Dr. Martin may deploy one or more robotic arms which he guides using wristed instruments that interface with a computer. The computer creates an algorithm that translates the movements of Dr. Martin’s hands to direct the robotic arms.

To visualize the work, Dr. Martin threads a tiny camera through a small incision, which gives him a high-definition, 3D view of the surgical site.

All of these technologies allow the doctor to have full control of every movement with indirect eyes and hands on your surgery the entire time.

When is robotic surgery used?

Dr. Martin is an expert in laparoscopic procedures and turns to robotic assistance whenever the situation warrants. This includes treating conditions such as:

  • Ovarian cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Uterine cancer or uterine fibroids (myomectomy)
  • Endometriosis
  • Benign tumors on the ovaries

Dr. Martin also turns to robot-assisted surgery for procedures like a hysterectomy or prolapse surgery, also called a sacrocolpopexy.

What are the advantages of robotic surgery?

There are many advantages of robotic surgery, not the least of which is the added precision that the robotic arm provides to Dr. Martin. And because he only uses small incisions to perform the surgery, you benefit from:

  • A reduced risk of infection
  • Less tissue damage
  • Less blood loss

Because of these benefits, your recovery time is greatly reduced, allowing you to get back to your normal life more quickly.

If you’d like to learn more about the applications of robotic surgery, call Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists or use the online booking tool to set up a consultation.