Home > News > Public Health Updated 03 September 2013 New robot technology to revolutionise SA surgery South Africa is set to get a revolutionary new multi-million-rand robotic surgery system which undertakes highly complex surgical procedures safer and more cost effectively. 3 The da Vinci Si System ~ Photo supplied Related Rise in surgery for early prostate cancer More robotic surgery for early prostate cancer Transurethral Prostatectomy - TUR South Africa is set to get a revolutionary new multi-million-rand robotic surgery system which undertakes highly complex surgical procedures safer and more cost effectively. The Urology Hospital in Pretoria is the first SA institution to acquire the da Vinci® surgery robotic system through SA’s Earth Medical, part of Litha Medical division in the Litha Healthcare Group Limited. This robotic technology is being used in major medical centres all over the world, providing advanced technology for better minimally invasive surgery. It is ideal for both complex and delicate surgeries such as the surgical removal of the prostate gland (prostatectomy), where the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. MD of the Urology Hospital, Sarel van der Walt, said the technology will result in less blood loss, less pain, shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal daily activities, particularly for prostatectomies – the initial leading procedure to be undertaken with the robotic system. Minimally invasive surgeryThe "robot" technology will help surgeons take minimally invasive surgery to the next level. For example, at any one time, a surgeon can operate a camera and three instruments, said Thomas Dunbar, MD of Earth Medical which is part of the Litha Healthcare Group. "I’m confident this robotic surgery will be a giant leap ahead for minimally invasive surgery in this country," added Dunbar. Around two million procedures using this technology have already been undertaken around the world, according to Intuitive Surgical, Inc which produces the robotic technology.The da Vinci® surgery robotic system will be operational for surgery at the Urology Hospital during October 2013, commencing with prostatectomies.Litha Healthcare press release More in News Friday as safe as any other day for surgery More: NewsPublic Health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 3 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Mental health Childhood PTSD may leave lasting imprint on brain Lifestyle Rudeness in workplace costs companies dearly Mental health New tool to predict survival odds after brain injury Mental health Surfing through selfies linked to low self-esteem Lifestyle SEE: 8 places to go hiking in South Africa this summer Medical SEE: 10 medical discoveries that changed the world From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.