The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is suited to complex and delicate surgeries such as the removal of the prostate gland (prostatectomy). The system - nicknamed Umthombo (meaning everlasting fountain in Zulu) - will be operational at the hospital in the capital from
Speaking at the unveiling of the robot, surgeons and health industry officials, including urologist, Dr
"This is the type of state-of-the- art technology that augments the work of surgeons and which can offer more precise surgery with much reduced morbidity (rate of incidence of a disease).
"This new technology means a patient can now be back at work after two weeks, rather than six."
The robotic technology would help take certain surgical procedures to new levels due to its advanced technology, he said. The real-time diagnostic imaging capabilities would aid surgeons on multiple levels. "If the surgeon needs an image, such as an MRI scan, while operating they can plug an information source into the console which can aid them in real time. This technology and the platforms are already available in this robotic system which will be further developed and enhanced in future," he added.
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