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 When is constipation a medical emergency? 55 minutes ago 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 Medical When is constipation a medical emergency? Medical How often should you eat fish to ward off heart disease? Medical 7 ways to keep your liver healthy Medical Baby teeth give clues to origins of autism Medical Hypertension during pregnancy can be managed Medical Doctors can now print a new cornea in 10 minutes From our sponsors Tell us of your unusual allergy and stand a chance to win R2 000! WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Stand a chance to win an Alpecin product hamper worth R1 500! FLU SURVEY: Stand a chance of winning R2 000 cash! Live healthier Living with sinusitis » 7 common sinusitis myths you shouldn’t believe Are you using the correct treatment for your sinusitis? How your mucus can be a guide to sinusitis treatment Suffering from chronic sinusitis? Your mucus might help identify the most effective treatment. Sleep better » Most physical activities help you sleep better 10 tips for better sleep 10 reasons you may have insomnia and how fix it Here are 10 reasons why you may have insomnia – along with possible ways to solve the problem.