Gdansk Hospital Uses Robots for Pediatric Urinary Tract Surgery
A hospital in Gdansk is the first in Poland to use robots to help perform surgeries on children. Photo/UCK/The First News
WARSAW – A hospital in Gdansk, became the first in Poland to use robots to help perform operations on children. The operations performed, namely oncology and urinary tract operations, on three aged girls were monitored by a French-Polish team at the University Clinical Center (UCK) Hospital.
Among the three robot-assisted surgeries, one involved removing an adrenal cyst, another a pancreatic tumor, and another was performed to repair a urologic duct defect in the form of hydronephrosis. UCK announced the success of the surgery on their Facebook page along with a short film of one of them and the news that one of the young patients has been discharged.
“Robot surgery brings enormous potential benefits and possibilities for young patients and doctors,” said Prof Piotr Czauderna, Head of the Department of Surgery and Urology for Children and Adolescents at UCK, quoted from the first news page, Tuesday (7/3/2023) .
All three operations were performed by French expert Prof Thomas Blanc from the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital in Paris. He was assisted by Polish specialists from the Department of Surgery and Urology for Children and Adolescents.
Doctors at UCK expect to perform 40-50 robotic-assisted surgeries per year, but the robots will not be at UCK permanently. The robots will only be brought in for pre-agreed and planned justified cases.
“Certainly a higher level of precision and ease of operation is performed by surgeons once they gain experience. The robot-assisted surgery allows us to eliminate this difficulty,” added Czauderna.
The use of robots eliminates the fatigue factor for doctors who perform operations for a long time. The longer the operation, the more difficult it is to operate and the higher the discomfort.