In this article, the Anadolu Medical Centre specialists present the areas, where the robotic surgery systems provide significant benefits to both doctors and patients.
Dr Ayhan Erdemir, general surgery specialist at Anadolu Medical Centre
‘As in all other procedures, in particular general surgical operations as well, the robot-assisted surgery systems provide additional benefits to both doctors and patients’.
General surgery is one of the areas, where robotic surgery systems are widely used. As in other surgeries as well, general surgeries performed with Da Vinci Xi system reduce the size of the incision thus ensuring all the gains to patients, such as reduction of pain, bleeding and healing period. The primary benefit, however, is that the robotic surgery provides better visualization of the deep tissues, which are hardly accessible and barely visible with the traditional methods. Thus the required procedures are implemented with greater precision and perfection.
The large intestine and rectum surgeries are among the surgical interventions where the robot-assisted surgery system is most successfully applied. There are many general surgical procedures, which might be performed with Da Vinci robot:
- Large intestine and rectum diseases, and particularly the cancer diseases;
- Diseases of the stomach and colon.
- Pancreatic diseases
- Biliary diseases
- Diseases of the liver and biliary ducts
- Some diseases of the endocrine organs, especially of the adrenal gland
- Obesity treatment surgery
- Skin-sparing mastectomy
Prof Dr Murat Dede, Gynaecological Surgery and Gynaecological Oncology specialist at Anadolu Medical Centre
‘Robotic surgery technology offers the possibility of performing sutures by twisting the instrument in a manner in which the human wrist is unable to’
A large part of the very serious gynaecological surgeries may be performed in terms of robot-assisted surgery. These are cancerous growth removals, uterus and large-sized myomas removals, surgeries for the reconstruction of vaginal prolapse, tubal reanastomosis (that is ensuring the fallopian tubes function after their ligation), etc. The robotic surgery technology offers the possibility of easy suturing of the abdomen by twisting the instruments in a manner a human wrist is unable to. The 10-time zoomed image of the tissues ensure comfort to the surgeon.
Assoc. Prof. DrIlker Tinay, urology specialist and director of the Centre of Urology within Anadolu Medical Centre
‘The most frequent and most successful application of the robotic surgery in urology is the radical prostatectomy (prostate removal) which is the surgical treatment of prostate cancer.’
Urology is one of the areas where robotic surgery is most frequently used. The radical prostatectomy (prostate removal) is the surgical treatment of one of the most prevalent cancer diseases in male patients – the prostate cancer. Furthermore, it is also the most frequent and the most successful area of application of the robot-assisted surgery. The frequency of use of this method worldwide is constantly increasing owing to the benefits it provides to both patients and surgeons. This method, of course, has also many other applications in urooncology such as removal of the tumorous part in kidney cancers; radical cystectomy and artificial urinary bladder, applied in the urinary bladder cancer treatment. In addition, robot-assisted surgery is used in the simultaneous removal of kidneys and ureter in the upper urinary system cancers, resection of the retroperitoneal tumours in testicular cancer. Robotic surgery is also used in uretropelvic surgeries for reconstruction of structures, urinary bladder sac removal and urinary bladder depression surgery for female patients.
The following article will introduce you two more areas where robotic surgery is irreplaceable.