WHAT IS ROBOTIC SURGERY?
With the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons operate through just a few small incisions. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

Minimally invasive da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. da Vinci is beneficial for performing routine and complex surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. da Vinci – taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.

Physicians have used the da Vinci System successfully worldwide in approximately 1.5 million various surgical procedures to date. da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
(www.daVinciSurgery.com)

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DOCTORS
The following doctors have undergone stringent training in Robotic surgery in Belgium and are now fully qualified to perform these surgeries at The Urology Hospital:
Dr F du P Boezaart (012) 342-9423/4
Dr M Bongers (012) 342-9426/7
Dr LJE Coetzee (012) 342-9432/3
Dr D Celliers (012) 342-9429/30
Dr HA van der Merwe (012) 430-5031/5723
Dr D Ligthelm (012) 342-9411/2
Dr JOS Strydom (012) 342 1268
Robotic Surgery News
Robotic Surgery available in South Africa

For the first time ever, Robotic Surgery is now available to South Africans via the daVinci Robotic Surgery System. The Urology Hospital is the first hospital to purchase a Robot, which cost the hospital in the region of R20million. Urologists from the hospital have been sent on stringent training in Belgium whereby they have acquired the necessary skills to operate a machine of this calibre and are fully equipped to perform operations using the daVinci Robotic System.

To date, Urologists at The Urology Hospital have performed over 50 radical prostatectomy cases, all of which have been a huge success. Patients have reported countless benefits of this surgery including shorter hospital stay, quicker healing due to the minimally invasive nature of the surgery and back to everyday normal activities in record time compared with open surgeries.

The average time spent in theatre for a Robotic Surgery case at The Urology Hospital ranges from 3 – 5 hours, with an average hospital stay (including ICU) of 3-4 days. This is remarkable as most open surgery cases would need a minimum of 6 weeks recovery before returning to work!

The cost of the surgery varies dependant on the patients individual case and the patients portion of the account is dependent on which medical aid they belong to and what plan they are on. Most medical aids pay most if not all the costs; however, some only pay a portion of the amount. For more information on what the costs are please consult your Urologist and your medical aid.

The Urology Hospital is excited to be pioneering this technology in the medical field here in South Africa and look forward to many more positive testimonies from satisfied patients who have undergone this revolutionary surgery.

 
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Testimonials
PG Kemp

“This was the first time I had an operation and it was a very positive experience. I was operated on 25 November 2013. I think the operation took around 6 hours, I was in ICU for 1 day (other operations require a 3-day ICU stay) and I was discharged from hospital on the 3rd day! I was quite concerned that I would not be able to be active for a while after the operation as I am a very active person but I have had no major pain since the operation and I even went on a BMW Motorbike trip down to Mosselbay 3 weeks after my Robot Surgery. I would highly recommend this form of surgery.”
(25 November 2013)

 
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