How can I have my surgery with robotics-assistance?
Benefits of robotics-assisted surgery
- shorter hospital stays and recovery times
- smaller incisions
- less damage to surrounding tissues and structures
- less risk of infection
- less blood loss
- reduced pain and reliance on medications after surgery, and
- quicker returns to work and normal activities.
- reduced demands on hospital beds due to shorter lengths of stay or readmissions
- more efficient use of operating rooms and other surgical resources, including blood products and pain medications
Surgeries offered with robotics-assistance
- some prostate, kidney and gynecological cancer procedures, including prostatectomies, partial nephrectomies and hysterectomies
- some otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) cancer surgeries
- some neurosurgeries (brain), including brain biopsies (collection of small tissue samples) and placing electrodes in the brain for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes
Later this year some orthopedic surgeons will begin offering some partial and total knee replacement surgeries with robotics assistance.
Surgical robotics equipment supporting care
- da Vinci surgical robot - used to assist surgeons with some gyneceological, urological and ear nose and throat (ENT) cancer surgeries. (funded by QEII Health Sciences Centre donors)
- Medtronic Stealth AutoGuide TM robot technology - used to assist in some brain surgeries (Video 2:38)
A Stryker Mako surgical robot will be used to assist in some joint replacement surgeries by the end of 2021. (funded by QEII Health Sciences Centre donors)