For the first time in Poland, operations were performed using two da Vinci robotic systems. The treatments took place at the hospital in Rzeszów on Friday. In total, six such operations were performed.
The breakthrough event was announced on Saturday by the Podkarpackie Robotic Surgery Center of the Provincial Clinical Hospital No. 1 in Rzeszów. The facility reported that five patients suffering from prostate cancer were operated on during one day. Radical prostatectomy was performed in the patients.
“The youngest of the operated patients was 59 years old, and the oldest 74. Also for the first time in the Podkarpackie Robotic Surgery Center with the da Vinci robot, a young, only 43-year-old man had a kidney tumor removed in the border of healthy tissues with organ preservation, the hospital reported.
Support for operators and team
Each treatment lasted from 1.5 to 2 hours. The operations were performed by Dr. Paweł Wisz, head of the center in Rzeszów, with the participation of urologists, experienced da Vinci operators: Dr. Stefano Puliatti – head of the Urology Clinic at the University Hospital in Modena (Italy) and Dr. Rubena de Groote from the OLV Hospital in Aalst (Belgium).
In all procedures, the operators were supported by a trained 4-person medical team, 6 female practitioners of the Urology and Urology Oncology Clinic, 2 anaesthesiologists and 2 anesthesiology nurses from the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy.
As emphasized in the release, foreign doctors are qualified urologists who work in centers specializing in robotic surgery in urology and are responsible for training other specialists in this field in Europe.
“Even more possibilities”
According to Dr. Wisz, quoted in the release, the aim of the project was to present the efficiency and possibilities of cancer treatment with surgery supported by robotic systems. – This is how robotic centers work all over the world today. The standard is more than two devices working at the same time, so even more possibilities and faster access for the patient to treatment – he added.
Provincial Clinical Hospital No. 1 for them. F. Chopin in Rzeszów in May this year. started working with an external company that rents the da Vinci robot. The second device was made available free of charge by the system distributor in Poland – the Synektik company.
There are 16 robotic centers in Poland, which only in the first quarter of this year. performed 415 procedures, i.e. 57% more than a year earlier. Podkarpacie center, operating since May this year. performed 71 operations.
Main photo source: Clinical Provincial Hospital No. F. Chopin in Rzeszów