Oviedo (EFE).- Asturian health will begin tomorrow to operate with the Da Vinci X robot, which will allow surgeons to achieve greater precision and reach areas that are sometimes inaccessible in traditional interventions, thanks to the 360-degree movement of the automaton arms, and without compromising security.
To this end, the Principality’s Health Service (SESPA) has provided two teams of this state-of-the-art robotic surgery to the Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias (HUCA), in Oviedo, and the Hospital Universitario de Cabueñes, in Gijón, which have meant an investment of 13.6 million.
The surgeon will direct the operation without having to be on the patient, through a high-definition 3D vision screen, which increases the surgical area up to ten times, directing the movements of the four spider-shaped arms by means of a kind of joystick of the robot that allow it to reach areas that are difficult to access.
Health professionals from the two hospitals have already received the necessary training to host tomorrow the first robotic operation of Asturian public health, which in the case of HUCA will involve the intervention of prostate cancer in a man over 60 years of age.
However, the director of the Urology Management Unit of HUCA, Jesús María Fernández Gómez, has recognized that “at the beginning” it will be difficult for them to carry out the necessary assembly to be able to start operating given the complexity of these interventions in which they must be located. the four arms of the robot with respect to the patient in order to have full mobility and coordinate them with the three nurses, three urologists and two anesthetists who will be in the operating room tomorrow.
“At least, up to twenty operations will need to be carried out in order to shorten times that are similar to the duration of laparoscopies,” Fernández has calculated, who has highlighted that the operation is carried out by surgeons, starting with the urology assistant who makes the incisions to introduce the trocars, small tubes that enter the abdomen, and then the surgeon performs the excisions with the help and precision of the robot.
Fernández has indicated that the robot provides “a much finer precision to act in narrower places such as the pelvis and with less damage to peripheral tissues and nerves, with less erectile dysfunction, and very good dissections that ensure the oncological result by remove the entire tumor, damaging the peripheral structure as little as possible.
The surgical team, which has been testing the robot for the past few afternoons, has received prior training and will have the help of a urologist from the Marqués de Valdecilla Hospital for this first operation.
The selection among the 250 cases of prostate cancer registered in the hospital is aimed at the most worrisome cases and it is hoped that, “when it reaches more filming”, it will include robotic surgery in cystectomies with intercorporeal reconstruction of the bladder or partial nephrectomies.
In addition to urological surgery, Sespa will apply the Da Vinci surgical system in the specialties that allow it: gynecological, general, thoracic, pediatric, otorhinolaryngological and maxillofacial. EFE