Robot Surgeons to Operate on Prostate Cancer Patients for the First Time in Early 2015
By Afza Fathima | August 20, 2014 3:20 PM EST
Robotic-assisted surgical system mimics the actions of a human hand, and according to Herald Scotland, the Scottish Government has pledged £1 million to buy it.
A humanoid robot being checked out at the University of Bonn July 3, 2014
Small incisions are made through which tiny instruments and 3D camera are inserted into the body and from the console, a sorgeon operates. The view is magnified and the surgeon is comfortable also reducing blood loss and recovery time for the patients.
At Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, this system will be used to treat prostate cancer patients. Official figures show that around 3,000 Scottish men suffer from prostate cancer every year, with 900 of them dying because of it.
Alex Neil, the health secretary, believes that the pledge by the Scottish government will be the beginning of a national roll out of robotic surgery. He said this will improve quality and safety of the effectiveness of the operations.
He added that since prostate cancer is most common among the men in Scotland, the government must ensure that advanced treatment is available for the men and that they are determined to adopt innovations in surgeries to make a difference.
RASS helps patients with prostate, bowel, rectal and gynaecological cancers and non-malignant cancers.
Fundraising campaigns have received support from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and business people. Once efforts for fundraising are complete, the systems will operate at the NHS Grampian hospital from two surgical theatres in early 2015.
Justin Royle from the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary said that robotics is essential not only for cancer care but also for complex pelvic and oropharyngeal and cardiothoracic surgery. She added that the technology will help improve the outcome of the surgery and should be viewed as the first of many.
In Europe, the machine has been used for a decade with England and Wales using more than 40, but this will be the first time Scottish patients will benefit from it.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Taylor Swift Named People's Best Dressed Stars Of 2014 [PHOTOS]
- Champions League Results: Barcelona Barely Escapes With A Win, Chelsea Fails To Hold On To The Lead [PHOTOS]
- Jeremy Lin, Kobe Bryant Among The Top 5 Overpaid Players In The NBA (Part 1 - Western Conference)
- Reasons Why Michael Jordan Is Better Than LeBron James [PHOTOS And VIDEO]
Join the Conversation
- New Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 L Killer Features, Encryption and More
- Google Release Roundup: New Nexus 6, Nexus 8, Android 5.0 L Launch and Killer Features
- Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Guide
- New Zealand Could Be Next ISIS Target After Australia Beheading Plot, Says Expert
- China Is Also Seizing Disputed Land Along Indian Border
- iPhone 6 Survives Drop, Both Accidental & Intentional
- Nexus 8, Nexus 9 Release Date, Device Name And Price Conundrum: What To Expect?