Thursday 14 December 2017

Sophisticated technology provides steady pair of hands

Edel O'Connell

BEFORE the hospital got the robotic system, the surgery involved large incisions in order for the surgeon to carry out the procedure.

With the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery, minuscule incisions are made in which a tiny camera and surgical instruments are inserted into the patient's body.

The da Vinci System's has instruments attached to robotic arms which are controlled remotely by the surgeon who sits at a computer console, manipulating the controls while viewing an enlarged 3D image of the surgical site.

The robotic arms allow a full 360-degree rotation and eliminate the natural tremor in the surgeon's hands.

Cork University Maternity Hospital has been designated the first European robotic gynaecological epicentre, becoming the only hospital in the continent to perform both cancer and non-cancer procedures using sophisticated robotics.

Irish Independent

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