Robotic-Assisted Surgery at Parkwest Medical Center

Parkwest Medical Center offers a variety of robotic-assisted surgical options for our surgical patients. Our surgeons who perform robotic-assisted procedures are specially-trained and certified on each available platform they use. Using robotic-assisted platforms allows our surgeons to pre-plan each procedure, and make adjustments as needed for each patient’s anatomy.

What is Robotic-Assisted Surgery?

Robotic-assisted surgery is minimally invasive and a highly effective alternative to some traditional surgery. There are different types of surgical robots that can be used in a wide variety of surgical procedures – everything from joint replacements to hysterectomies.

With this innovative procedure, a surgeon uses a robotic arm to manipulate hand controls to perform an operation while viewing 3D, high-resolution images on a computer screen. The cameras and surgical instruments are powered by state of the art robotic technology. 

Technology can never replace the experience of our skilled surgical team. The surgical robotics system is completely under our surgeon’s control and replicates the surgeon’s movements in real time. It cannot be programmed or make decisions on its own. The surgeon controls the robot’s movements, allowing for greater dexterity and access to hard-to-reach areas of the body.



  • The surgeon can make fine, quick movements, enabling more intricate procedures
  • Patients experience less damage to healthy tissue
  • Patients typically experience less pain, less blood loss and faster post-operative recovery 
  • Allows for smaller incisions, reducing the risk of infection and causing minimal scarring
  • Robotic-assisted surgery provides better overall patient outcomes, allowing patients to return to daily activities more quickly


Services Available at Parkwest Medical Center

Robotic-assisted surgeries at Parkwest include many procedures in the following specialties: 



General Surgery





Patient Success Stories 

“Joint” Surgery for Powerful Pair
Bodybuilding Couple Treated at Parkwest 

Wade Wilburn and Donna Foster have been involved in bodybuilding competitions for many years. In 2018, both bodybuilders sought the help of orthopedic surgeon Conrad Ivie, MD, at Parkwest Medical Center. In both cases, Dr. Ivie determined they needed joint replacement surgery. Dr. Ivie used the robotic-arm surgical assistant, in which the instruments are held by a robotic arm guided by the surgeon more precisely than possible by hand.

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Patient On the Move After
Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement

Judith Valentini’s right knee was causing her problems. She was intrigued when Dr. Ivie told her she was a candidate for something new. He could replace her knee with assistance from a robotic arm. “The benefit of robotic surgery is the fact that we can be more precise and accurate in the placement and balancing of our knee replacements to ensure the most optimal outcome for the patient,” Dr. Ivie says.

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Active Physician Chooses Parkwest
for Joint Replacement Surgeries

An old high school knee injury pestered Clifford Johnson, MD, through a lifetime of hunting, farming and working as a physician in Knoxville. “Basically my hip was shot,” he said. “So I needed a hip replacement right away, before the knee.” Orthopedic surgeon Conrad B. Ivie, MD, performed Dr. Johnson’s total hip replacement at the Joint Replacement Center at Parkwest Medical Center in February 2018. Dr. Ivie used a minimally invasive, anterior (front) approach for the surgery.

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