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Robotic surgery welcomed

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2016-06-06

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THE NEW AGE The Da Vinci robotic surgery that mimics the movements of a surgeon's hand during surgery is giving patients the option of improved clinical outcomes that may not be possible with open surgery. The innovative technology will facilitate surgery such as prostatectomies using a minimally invasive approach. The Da Vinci, introduced to Mediclinic Durbanville, has a mechanical wrist that bends and turns to mimic the movements of a surgeon's hand during surgery. As the surgeon controls it, the robot operates on the patient, translating the surgeon's hand movements into smaller, more precise movements. At 10 times magnification of the inside of the body, it allows surgeons to see even the smallest veins and arteries far clearer than with the naked eye. Dr Gawie Bruwer, a urologist at the clinic who has undertaken more than 85 of these robotic procedures, said: "The precision of the Da Vinci aids the thorough removal of cancerous tissue and offers the ability to perform nerve sparing surgery which enables a faster return to erectile function as well as a better chance for urinary continence. "I firmly believe this technology is giving patients the option of improved clinical outcomes that may not be possible with open surgery." More than 60% of his patients are discharged the day after surgery. The advantages of the robotic surgery is that it lowers the risk of infection and patient pain levels are comparatively lower following the keyhole surgery. Da Vinci patients often return to work after about two weeks, far sooner than the six weeks following open surgery. A former robotic surgery patient recovering from prostate cancer, Rainer Ladewig, was operated on June 4, last year and discharged the next day. "I was walking around the passages of the hospital without any intense pain besides the discomfort where the incisions were made. I cannot believe the mild experience I had with the operation," he said.
Created at 2016/06/13 11:24 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2016/06/13 11:24 AM by Mediclinic