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Posted On: 23 February 2010 11:13 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

DaVinci robots installed at Qatar surgery centre

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The Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre (QRSC), the only facility of its kind in the Middle East and one of the largest in the world, has successfully installed two daVinci S HD robots in its soon-to-open training facility. These robots assist surgeons in minimal invasive surgeries. With the installations, the QRSC is well on track to deliver its first training activities in April and to start technology development activities later this year. The QRSC – an initiative of HH Sheikha Mozah Nasser al-Misnad that is poised to become a focal point for international expertise in robotic surgery – will provide three core activities: training of medical and non-medical professions, technology development and demonstration of surgical technologies. The QRSC is an integral part of the Qatar Science & Technology Park and a member of Qatar Foundation. With the daVinci master-slave system, the surgeon is in full control of the surgery, but benefits from an advanced 3D view and enhanced precision. However, the most important advantages are patient-related as they benefit from less injury and pain, less risk and faster recovery. The daVinci robots are used in surgical areas such as urology, gynaecology, general surgery, cardiothoracic, and even ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat). More applications are being developed. Hamad Medical Corporation started a robotic surgery programme in collaboration with the QRSC more than a year ago, with operations being performed in Hamad Hospital on a regular basis. The centre envisions developing Qatar into a hub for robotic surgery. Therefore the QRSC will engage national and international partners in all its core activities. Starting from April, QRSC will train surgeons, nurses and technical support teams as well as hospital management and researchers in robotic surgery. The training programmes will cover different levels of experience and expertise, from basic skills to highly specialised master courses. The QRSC also aims to stimulate, foster, and perform technology development activities related to new surgical technologies. The main focus is translational research with the aim to establish high quality research activities in relevant areas such as surgical skills assessment, image guided interventions, and novel instrumentation. The QRSC, which represents an investment of $65mn, is participating in technology development in medical robotics and serves as a demonstration platform for advanced surgical technologies