Jessenius Faculty of Medicine
in Martin
Comenius University Bratislava

Da Vinci Surgical System Celebrates Landmark: 100 Successful Patient Surgeries

Within just five months, doctors at the University Hospital Martin have successfully completed 100 complex oncological surgeries using the Da Vinci robotic system.

29. 09. 2023 11.05 hod.

The hospital's acquisition of the system is a result of collaboration with the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine at Comenius University in Martin, funded by the European Structural Funds.

Operations began on the latest, fourth-generation Da Vinci Xi system in late April. The achievement of this milestone in such a short period has exceeded expectations. The hundredth procedure performed was a urological surgery— a radical prostatectomy. The demand for surgeries using the robotic system from patients has been immense.

Currently, gynecologists are the most frequent users of the Da Vinci Xi in the hospital, with up to two surgical teams engaged. Meanwhile, surgeons and urologists are operating with one team, though there are plans for an increase in these specialties. The University Hospital Martin is also looking to incorporate the Thoracic Surgery Clinic into its Robotic Surgery Center.

The Da Vinci system offers numerous benefits. Patients experience better post-operative recovery, which is associated with shorter hospital stays. The method also results in fewer blood losses, reduced post-operative pain, and a lower risk of subsequent surgeries. For the surgeon, the operating system has its perks.

The latest Da Vinci Xi generation, utilized by the hospital, has added more tools, features, and digital support. It offers high-resolution 3D visualization with up to 10-times magnification and robotic and computer assistance, capable of filtering out unintended hand tremors.

Surgeons using the robotic system employ specialized equipment, including a miniaturized surgical camera and wrist tools (such as scissors, scalpels, and forceps) designed for precise dissection and reconstruction deep inside the body.