Robotic Surgery

Dr Howlett performs robotic surgery at Netcare Chris Barnard Hospital.

What is Robotic Surgery?

Robotic surgery is a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive technique. With the assistance of the da Vinci robot, Dr Howlett uses special tools to make small incisions, one of them being a tiny camera that provides 3D images, which he magnifies up to 10 times their actual size. This allows Dr Howlett to see what is going on more clearly, to direct his tools more precisely, and to potentially save more healthy tissue. Robotic surgery is particularly helpful for complex surgeries in small spaces.The benefits of robotic surgery include:·       Smaller incisions·       Shorter recovery times·       Shorter hospital stays·       Less use of narcotic painkillers·       Less blood loss·       Greater precision with stitches·       Quicker return to daily life
·       Improved erectile dysfunction rates
·       Improved urinary incontinence rates

Robotic surgery cancer outcomes closely follows open surgery. Plus, robotic procedures allow you to resume regular activities more quickly.

How is Robotic Surgery performed?

Before the surgery, Dr Howlett makes incisions to insert the robotic arms. For the major portion of the surgery, Dr Howlett will be sitting at a special console from where he can control the movements of the robotic arm that carry the surgical equipment and a camera. The camera captures 3D images of the operation site and feeds them to the computer, which can be seen by Dr Howlett as he operates. Chris Barnard Hospital (Please confirm which hospital) houses the advanced da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which has four interactive robotic arms – of the four, three hold the surgical tools, and the fourth arm carries a 3D camera.The high-definition vision and 10X magnification help Dr Howlett reach inaccessible regions in the body and operate the tumour successfully.