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Preparations to provide robotic assistance to surgeons, mainly in the area of prostate surgery had begun at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, hospital sources said.

The robotic machines will be used as a natural extension of key hole surgery which is already being practised at the National Hospital.

Senior Urological Surgeon and Consultant Dr. Neville Perera said it was a necessity to keep up with current medical needs in the context of modern times.

“This practice is there all over the world and has been adopted in India as well. Use of robotics in surgery can be essential in certain aspects, particularly where they help exclude human faults such as fatigue, tremors and can help by increasing dexterity,” Dr. Perera said.

The estimated cost of the robot is between 200- 230 million rupees.

Dr. Perera said that though this might have been considered to be an absurd figure in the past, it was reasonable in view of the cost of any other modern medical equipment.

“Any other modern equipment will cost a similar amount and in comparison to the benefits this confers it is reasonable. It will mainly be used by urologists, but will be available to general surgeons and gynecologists as well.

“It is mainly for prostate surgery because the prostate gland is hidden and it is difficult to perform open surgery, so the advantages such as magnification and 3D view that the robot provides will be immensely beneficial,” he said.

The robotic arms are controlled by the doctors and do not function autonomously. It is said to be most useful in minimising faults that could occur as a result of doctors being in the operating theatre for long hours. (Jehan Gunasekara)
 
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  • jim pappa Tuesday, 25 February 2014 01:29 PM

    A very good suggestion, ANTON. But, what if they too learn the dirty tricks of the trade and turn corrupt and evil ?

    dinky doc Tuesday, 25 February 2014 07:03 PM

    as a doc myself I can say that all recent studies show no difference in outcomes with robotic surgery and laparoscopic surgery in urology..this is a crazy waste of money given the state of the health service in sri lanka!! via DM Android App

    Naga Tuesday, 25 February 2014 03:22 PM

    Ahhh!!! My _alls!!!!. Can you blame the Robots if they make the crucial mistake?

    Gilmart Tuesday, 25 February 2014 04:26 PM

    You know what is going to happen in the years to come?Robots will become doctors, Doctors would become Robots.

    Haniffa Wednesday, 26 February 2014 03:50 PM

    What a waste of money!

    Haniffa Wednesday, 26 February 2014 03:51 PM

    No medical evidence to support this. what is the ommission?

    ANTON Tuesday, 25 February 2014 08:05 AM

    WILL THESE ROBOTS ALSO TRY TO LEARN TO STRIKE.

    ANTON Tuesday, 25 February 2014 08:07 AM

    CAN'T ANYONE SUGGEST A METHOD TO SEND ROBOTS TO THE PARLIAMENT AND PROVINCIAL COUNCILS.

    ben Tuesday, 25 February 2014 05:58 PM

    good.. atleast some progress.... via DM Android App

    ANTON Tuesday, 25 February 2014 08:08 AM

    NURSELAGEN GUTI KANDA THAMAY HADANNE........

    Joseph_1975 Wednesday, 26 February 2014 04:10 AM

    Try to find a robot repairmen in Sri Lanka. Ayo!

    Das Tuesday, 25 February 2014 01:23 PM

    A resectoscope in the hands of an experianced surgeon is best for prostate surgery.


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