Improved Technology for Physicians, Better Outcomes for Patients: Long-term aims.
Robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System allows surgeons to perform complex minimally invasive surgical procedures with precision and accuracy. The system is an advanced robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer an alternative option to open surgery
The da Vinci Surgical System is primarily used in urology. Before this, the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group had to refer patients to private hospitals for this procedure . Now that TUH is able to carry out these surgeries with the da Vinci Surgical System wait times will decrease and patients will be able to be treated closer to home and at lower cost .
The surgical system is also indicated for use in, for example, gynecology (e.g. hysterectomies), cardiothoracic (e.g. lobectomy where lung cancer is present) and general surgery (e.g. lower anterior resection where colorectal cancer is present).
Along with the Hospital’s highly skilled surgeons, this sophisticated da Vinci robotic technology will enhance and complement surgical techniques, resulting in many patient benefits.
✓ surgeries are performed through small incisions, replacing the large incisions needed for conventional open surgeries
✓ significantly less pain
✓ less scarring
✓ less blood loss
✓ fewer complications and side effects, e.g. incontinence
✓ better cancer diagnosis
✓ shorter hospital stay
✓ quicker recovery time
As well as benefiting the patients, it also has its advantages for surgeons:
✓ enhanced 3D view of the operating area
✓ improved dexterity
✓ greater surgical precision
✓ improved access
✓ increased range of motion
✓ Robustly put TUH Urological (surgical and nursing) services back on the first tier of Irish Urology, not just as the current largest referral base.
✓ Stop the current outsourcing of our patients to be operated robotically externally by our surgeons.
✓ Puts TUH at the forefront of technological innovation for our patients.
The da Vinci System is a remarkable improvement over conventional laparoscopy, in which the surgeon operates while standing and uses hand-held, long-shafted instruments that cannot bend or rotate. With conventional laparoscopy, the surgeon must look up and away from the instruments to a nearby 2D video monitor to see an image of the target anatomy.