Prostate cancer patients to be operated on at Mater Dei with the help of robot-assisted surgery
From early next year, patients with prostate cancer will be operated on in operating theatres at Mater Dei Hospital in lieu of being sent abroad. Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Gordon Caruana Dingli, said this will take place with a robotic system that will assist surgeons during operations.
“The prostate is in a remote place close to nerve endings so it is important that when removing the prostate these are not damaged. The robot system allows the surgeon to perform this operation precisely and more accurately than he would if he were just doing it manually. ”
Dr Caruana Dingli said that through the robotic system, which was made possible with an investment of € 4 million, pain and suffering for the patient will decrease drastically.
“Instead of carrying out the operation through a large wound, 4 small holes are made and the robot’s instruments enter the stomach through these small perforations, which allow him to recover faster,” explained Dr. Caruana Dingli.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, Chris Fearne, said this technology will start to be used in other operations, which eventually will spill over into other operations in the liver, internal organs, ear and gynecological operations.
Minister Fearne said that next year, other technology will be used for the continuous monitoring of children with diabetes.