Since it was first introduced in March 2016, more than 160 patients who required hernia repair surgery have benefited from Al Wakra Hospital’s robotic surgery program.
A dedicated robotic surgery team, led by Dr Mohamed Soliman Elakkad, Senior Consultant, General Surgery, is using the state-of-the-art technology to transform the way doctors operate and how quickly patients recover.
According to Dr Nizar Bouchiba, General Surgery Consultant with the robotic surgery team, Al Wakra Hospital is using the advanced Da Vinci robotic surgical system for a wide range of specialties, including general surgery, ear nose and throat, gynecology, and bariatric surgery.
“Robotic surgery offers a number of benefits to patients compared to traditional surgical techniques,” said Dr Bouchiba. “These benefits include smaller incisions, faster recovery time, and minimal scarring. The surgical robot enables the surgeon to view three-dimensional images inside the patient’s body. These images are magnified to provide a far more detailed view than is possible with traditional surgical techniques.”
One area of specialty to benefit considerably from the introduction of robotic surgery is hernia repair. Al Wakra Hospital is home to Qatar’s only dedicated Hernia Surgery Center and is the only hospital in the region to offer patients robotic hernia repair surgery. In 2015, the Center was successfully accredited by the Surgery Review Corporation as a Hernia Center of Excellence, becoming the first hospital in the Middle East to receive this award.
A hernia happens when part of an internal organ, usually the bowel, bulges through a weak area of muscle. Most hernias occur in the abdomen. Hernias are common, affecting men, women, and children. Most hernias are caused by a combination of muscle weakness and straining, such as with heavy lifting. However, some people are born with weak abdominal muscles and may be more likely to get a hernia. Inguinal hernias appear in the groin and are more common in men than women. A ventral hernia, also called an incisional hernia, occurs at the site of a surgical scar and is common in patients who have had open abdominal surgery.
“Since robotic surgery was introduced at Al Wakra Hospital, over 160 patients with inguinal or ventral hernias have received robotic repair using this advanced technique. These procedures are now performed with a minimal incision, meaning there is less chance of infection for the patient and a faster recovery. The safety and effectiveness of the hernia repair is also enhanced due to the improved visibility and increased precision of the surgeon,” said Dr Tamer Elbakry, Consultant General Surgery with the robotic surgery team.
Source: The Peninsula
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