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Beacon Hospital Announces Multidisciplinary Robotic Assisted Surgery

  • High spec surgical robot to assist surgeons across urology, gynaecology, cardiac thoracic, colorectal and general surgery.
  • Robotic assistant facilitates the highest possible precision in surgery and quicker recovery time for patients.
  • da Vinci robot system has treated 3 million people around the world.

Beacon Hospital announces multidisciplinary robotic assisted surgery, the newest Robotic Surgery Assistant to arrive in Dublin

Patients undergoing surgery for a wide range of conditions at Beacon Hospital will soon be able to receive their treatment at the hands of a surgeon-directed and controlled robot.

The high spec da Vinci Robotic surgical system drives robotic arms and facilitates unrivaled precision in dissection through a minimally invasive access technique, promoting better outcomes for patients.

It is the latest in a number of advanced technologies to be announced at Beacon Hospital, following the agreement of a €20 million Managed Equipment Solution (MES) contract with GE Healthcare last November.

Surgical robotic assistants are most commonly used in prostate procedures, but this robot will be used by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons at the Beacon Hospital including urology, gynaecology, cardiac thoracic, colorectal and general surgery.

Mr Michael Murphy, Medical Director at Beacon Hospital and Consultant Urologist specialising in the areas of prostate and bladder cancers, said robotic-assisted surgery supports the best possible outcomes for patients.  “The da Vinci Robot is a phenomenal piece of equipment and we are very excited to be introducing it at Beacon Hospital. The robotic system gives surgeons a magnified, three-dimensional view of the area requiring surgery. It is the ultimate minimally invasive, key hole surgery, with greater precision. This results in less pain and scarring, and ultimately quicker recover times for patients and return to normal activity,” he said.

Mr Rob Flynn, Consultant Urologist at Beacon Hospital said that Ireland has traditionally lagged behind international counterparts in the use of robotic surgical aids and warmly welcome the introduction of the da Vinci robot at Beacon Hospital; “In the UK and the US, between 75% and 95% of prostate surgeries are carried out using robotic surgical assistants. It’s the most effective way of carrying out this procedure and is an important acquisition by Beacon Hospital for the treatment of prostate and kidney related cancers.”

The number of prostate cancer diagnoses at Beacon Hospital has doubled in the last year its Rapid Access Prostate Clinic uses world leading diagnostics including 3T MRI, TRUS Fusion Biopsy and MRI Guided Template Biopsy. Together with its world class radiotherapy family the introduction of the da Vinci robot completes the armamentarium of diagnostic and treatment options for prostate cancer at the hospital.

Mr Waseem Kamran, Gynaecology Cancer & Cytoreductive Surgeon at Beacon Hospital said the da Vinci robot has the capability to offer patients with gynaecological malignancies safer, effective and cosmetic friendly, minimally invasive surgical treatments with the potential advantage of faster recovery, minimal blood loss and minimal scarring.  As well as its established role in the surgical management of cervical, endometrial and selected ovarian cancers, da Vinci also offers a unique opportunity for the surgical management of complex benign gynaecological condition especially stage IV endometriosis. “Using the da Vinci robot in surgery gives surgeons significant advantage over the conventional laparoscopy due to enhanced dexterity, greater precision and three-dimensional visualisation. This provides a new paradigm in the field of gynaecology for emerging nerve sparing deep pelvic surgery.  The robot’s ‘tireless’ arms are also an invaluable assistant to surgeons, particularly during complex surgeries which can last anything up to 8 hours.”

The da Vinci robotic assistant has already brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. It will be available at Beacon Hospital before the end of the year.