Professionals of the Urology Service of the University Hospital of Gran Canaria Doctor Negrín, center attached to the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, have carried out the first interventions with the Da Vinci surgical robot to treat the infiltrating bladder cancer (muscle invasive). Specifically, two men aged 75 and 76, respectively, have undergone this intervention.
The Da Vinci robot, a technology incorporated into the four reference hospitals of the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) in 2019, is an advanced technology that presents important advantages for the patient since it allows smaller incisions and scars, which causes less pain and greater comfort for the patient, with less blood loss and better postoperative recovery. It also allows better preservation of nerve bands, with better results in sexual function. This procedure, performed laparoscopically, involves great physical effort on the part of the professionals; incidence that is improved with the use of the robot.
The technology has important advantages for the patient by allowing smaller incisions and scars, reducing pain and greater comfort for the patient, with less blood loss and better postoperative recovery
This robotic assistant provides greater comfort, visualization and precision to the surgeon through four arms that transmit their movements through a console in which they also have a 3 D view of the interior of the patient. The surgeon can control each of the robotic arms, which in turn has a 360º rotation capacity, impossible for the human hand to reach. This circumstance allows high precision surgery to be performed, without the slightest tremor, with excellent results.
Robotic surgery, coordinated at the Dr. Negrín Hospital by Dr. Reinaldo Marrero, requires a program that includes a training calendar for all specialists who work with this new technology. The four Da Vinci robots that are in the public hospitals of Gran Canaria and Tenerife have involved an investment of the Canary Health Service of about eight and a half million euros, and were acquired within financially sustainable investments.