Robotic Da Vinci X system introduced to help fight cancer

Technology is indeed making life easier as robotics enter the health care system.

Life Kingsbury Hospital is the first Life Healthcare hospital to seek the help of robotics to fight cancer. The hospital has opened its doors to the Da Vinci X system, which allows surgeons to perform complex operations with small incisions for prostate cancer surgery.

Dr Conray Moolman, robotic and laparoscopic surgeon with Cape Urology at Life Kingsbury Hospital says the innovation allows patients another option in the management of their prostate cancer.

Patients have been limited by treatment options and the robotic system certainly give another option.

Dr Conray Moolman, robotic and laparoscopic surgeon at Life Kingsbury Hospital

For me, the important point is that men should just be well informed about these options and make informed decisions regarding their therapy.

Dr Conray Moolman, robotic and laparoscopic surgeon at Life Kingsbury Hospital

According to Dr Moolman, one of the benefits of robotic surgery is how small the skin incisions are. In the past, people were left with big scars. He says the robotic surgery has also reduced the recovery time significantly as patients get to go home the next day rather than a week's stay in hospital.

There is less bleeding which leads to less transfusions. The patients can return to their normal activities a lot quicker rather than the traditional 6 weeks. Some patients are back to work in ten days.

Dr Conray Moolman, robotic and laparoscopic surgeon at Life Kingsbury Hospital

For now, the procedure is available on some of the top medical aids with minimal co-payment.

To hear the rest of the conversation with Dr Conray Moolman, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Robotic Da Vinci X system introduced to help fight cancer


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