Surgical robot a Canadian first

TARINA WHITE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:42 PM ET

Calgary patients are the first in Canada to benefit from an enhanced surgical robot capable of performing less invasive operations.

Rockyview General Hospital is the first in Canada to acquire the da Vinci Robot Si HD — the world’s only robotic surgical system with high definition 3D vision.

The $3.3 million state-of-the-art technology is a major advancement for patients undergoing prostate cancer surgery, among others, using minimally invasive techniques, said Calgary urologist Dr. Gregory Kozak.

“This cutting edge technology will allow Calgary to become a world-class centre for prostate cancer treatment,” he said.

“Patients will be benefiting for years to come due to this very generous donation.”

Using the da Vinci Robot Si HD, the surgeon is able to more precisely operate in complex anatomy with minimal intrusion, increasing the success rate for difficult procedures.

The advanced technology also reduces complications, which speeds up recovery and the return to full activity.

Up to 200 patients will benefit from the technology this year alone and that number is expected to rise in the next few years, said Kozak.

Medical staff are currently being trained to use the robot and patients are scheduled for treatment beginning next month.

The purchase of this equipment was made possible through funds raised at the 2006-2008 Rockyview Invitational Golf Tournament, hosted by Pengrowth Energy Trust founder Jim Kinnear.

This tournament, organized by the Calgary Health Trust, is the largest single-day charity golf tournament in Canada, said CEO Patricia Nelson.

“Calgary and area are fortunate to have community leaders like Jim Kinnear and his colleagues who support the Rockyview Invitational,” she said.

“Their generosity has helped bring the da Vinci Robot Si HD to the Rockyview — the first in Canada.”

tarina.white@sunmedia.ca


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