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Five years of surgical robotics

Visual showing how surgical robotics have expanded over time.

Our teams have proudly delivered more  than 1600 robotics-assisted surgeries to Nova Scotians, since launching in 2019.

Robotics offer many benefits -- more precise treatments, less pain, faster recoveries and more.

QEII Health Sciences Centre (QEII) now has four surgical robots -- the most in Canada -- helping attract the best and brightest minds to offer world class care to patients.

The leadership and generous contributions of the QEII Foundation and their donors have allowed us to form the Centre of Excellence in Robotics.

The Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation has also helped us leverage this technology, with the purchase of Nova Scotia’s second orthopedic surgical robot.


  • QEII launches Nova Scotia’s first surgical robot (da Vinci) to assist with urological / gynecological cancer surgeries. A first for Atlantic Canada!


  • QEII surgeons become first in Canada to use Medtronic Stealth Autoguide Cranial Robot to help perform brain surgeries.  
  • QEII surgeons begin using da Vinci robot for ear,  nose and throat cancer surgeries.


  • QEII team the second in Canada to use the MAKO SmartRobotics system for partial and total knee replacement surgeries.


  • QEII surgeons launch Canada’s first spinal robotics surgery program using the Medtronic MAZOR xStealth Edition robot.


  • Dartmouth General Hospital team is the first in Canada to uses the MAKO SmartRobotics system for a total hip replacement. 


  • First pediatric robotics-assisted surgery occurs at QEII with Medtronic MAZOR xStealth Edition spinal robot.
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