Robotic surgical system speeds recovery

2018-11-13 06:00

Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont has advanced its mechanism of helping prostate cancer patients by introducing a robotic
surgical system.

According to a statement, the hospital is the first in Africa to own this state-of-the-art equipment called Da Vinci X. The equipment is intended to help surgeons minimise the invasiveness of prostate cancer surgery and drive quicker recoveries.

Dr Conray Moolman, urologist and registered Da Vinci training surgeon at Life Kingsbury Hospital, says: “The technology is one of the world’s most advanced surgical systems currently available and has benefited more than five million patients worldwide. The technology translates the surgeon’s hand movements through tiny instruments which allow for smaller, more precise movements. The technology is practically the extension of a surgeon’s eyes and hands at the surgical site.”

The statement explains that during the surgery the surgeon sits at a nearby console to view 3D images of the surgical site and manipulate the arms of the robotic instruments. “One of the system’s instruments is a laparoscope – a thin tube with a tiny camera and light at the end. The camera sends images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide the doctor during surgery. What makes the Da Vinci X different to older Da Vinci models is the significantly improved high-definition vision to allow the surgeon to visualise anatomy even better.”

Moolman says that at this stage the surgeon can visualise and protect the tiny nerves next to the prostate with greater care.

“Our main priority is to treat the disease area, while also helping our patients have smoother recoveries and a better quality of life. Through the surgical system we can offer an alternative surgical option with less scarring and pain while also assisting patients with a speedier return to their daily activities,” explains Moolman.

The robotic-assisted surgery will reportedly also be used to treat kidney cancer patients and will later be expanded to other surgery types. Robotic-assisted surgery is one area that is already benefiting from these advancements and will continue to grow. Benefits of robotic-assisted surgery are significant for patients and include a reduced need for blood transfusion, less post-operative pain, less risk of wound infection, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. “Seventy-five percent of my patients will go home the day after a robotic prostatectomy,” says Moolman.

Adam Pyle, the CEO of Life Healthcare South Africa, says the hospital is proud to make this first investment into robotics, which aligns with the hospital’s strategy to invest in appropriate and proven technologies, to remain technologically relevant and drive clinical quality and improved outcomes for patients.

“Life Healthcare strives to deliver market-leading quality care across our service offerings and one of the ways this can be done is through the use of technology.”

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