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 NEXT ON HEALTH24X Tax on sugary drinks signed into law 2017-12-18 14:00 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 Diet and nutrition Tax on sugary drinks signed into law News QUIZ: What would you do in these 7 emergencies? News Husband abandons wife after she is diagnosed with cancer Medical Listeriosis kills 5 in drought-stricken Western Cape News SA's 7 biggest health stories of 2017 Diet and nutrition Is your water hydrating you? From our sponsors Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.