Doha,April,11: Women’s Hospital successfully conducted its first two surgeries last week using robotic techniques.
The procedures — both to remove ovarian cysts — were the first of its kind in the country in which the minimally invasive robotic techniques have been used.
A team of surgeons led by Dr Thomas Bossmar, Head of Gynecology and Dr Moayyad Younis, consultant in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Women’s Hospital conducted the surgeries.
The surgical team also included Dr Afaf Al Ansari, consultant in gynecology/oncology, Dr Kholoud Al Messalamani, consultant in gynecology, in addition to a specialized nursing and anesthetic team in robotic surgery.
Dr Bossmar is an expert in obstetrics and gynecology and has been one of the pioneers of the use of robotic and minimally invasive surgery in these specialties.
Each surgery took only 20 minutes to complete which is just half the time needed using traditional techniques.
Robotically-assisted surgery was developed to overcome the limitations of minimally-invasive surgery and to enhance the capabilities of surgeons performing open surgery.
Minimally invasive techniques like robotic surgery are a great benefit to patients as they reduce the recovery times and enable surgeons to perform delicate procedures.
Women’s Hospital is one of the busiest hospitals of its kind in the region and its surgical department sees about 450 major gynecological procedures and more than 1,000 minor procedures a year, said a statement issued by the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) yesterday.
There are plans to extend the robotic surgery programme to encompass other procedures including infertility treatments, fibroids, endometriosis and hysterectomies.
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