May 14, 2021

The Negrn and the Insular make the first interventions with the Da Vinci robot – The Province

The Negrn and the Insular make the first interventions with the Da Vinci robot - The Province

The specialists in Urology of the Insular Maternal and Child Hospitals of Gran Canaria Doctor Negrín, Antonio Blanco and Reinaldo Marrero, respectively, both coordinators of robotic surgery of their hospitals, presented this morning the results of the first interventions carried out in the Island that focus on prostatectomies and hiterectomies
It is an advanced technology that presents important advantages for the patient since it allows to make incisions and smaller scars, which causes less pain and greater comfort for the patient, with less blood loss and better postoperative recovery.

In addition, another of the advantages of this technology is that it manages to perform surgeries that until now were only open to be done in a minimally invasive way. The application of robotic surgery through the Da Vinci Robot has been gradually implemented in the reference hospitals of Gran Canaria and Tenerife since a few weeks ago.
Antonio Blanco, pointed out that in the Hospitalario Universitario Insular Maternal-Infantile, the Urology Service initiated the technique two weeks ago and has carried out with very good results three surgeries for the Cancer of prostate (radical prostatectomy) in patients between the ages of 58 and 68 years, and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Service has intervened, with this robotic surgery, three hysterectomies by oncological process in patients aged between 48 and 69 years. The Department of General and Digestive Surgery will begin to perform this state-of-the-art technique at the end of April and will progressively continue other specialties such as Thoracic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Maxillofacial Surgery and Pediatric Surgery.

On the other hand, Reinaldo Marrero stressed that the Hospital Doctor Negrín began earlier this week to perform this technique with two surgeries in patients of 51 and 58 years, to treat prostate cancer with the Da Vinci robot. In addition, it is expected that it will begin to be used in the General Surgery service on April 24th and that the Otorhinolaryngology professionals will continue as well as those of Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery and Maxiolofacial Surgery.

Robotic surgery

This robotic assistant has four arms that transmit the movements performed by surgeons through a console in which they also have a 3 D vision of the patient's interior. The surgeon controls the robotic arm that offers a capacity of 360º rotation, impossible to reach for the human hand.
The robot is composed of three elements: surgical console, control unit, robotic arms and viewing tower. The console is the place where the surgeon directs the intervention controlling the optical fiber and the instruments by means of manipulators and pedals. The control unit is the place where the patient is positioned and has four mobile and interchangeable arms, while the vision tower is the central unit for processing and processing the image. The surgical table is synchronized with the robot.


The implementation of robotic surgery requires a program that includes a training calendar for all specialists working with this new technology. It is a complex and supervised program that must overcome quality requirements. The professionals must perform face-to-face training that includes training in a European center with high experience in robotics with the tutelage of an expert who certifies the completion of this type of surgery.


The four Da Vinci robots that are located in the public hospitals of Gran Canaria and Tenerife have involved an investment of the Canary Islands Health Service of eight and a half million euros, and were acquired within financially sustainable investments.


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