First Robotic Surgery takes place at the Hospital da Luz

Continuing its commitment to technological development, the Hospital da Luz recently acquired the Da Vinci Si HD surgical systemo the first robotic surgery equipment to be used in Portugal.

The first intervention at the Hospital da Luz that used this surgical system was a radical prostatectomy (prostate removal) for a patient with a malignant tumor on June 23.

The Da Vinci Si HD surgical system includes a console where the surgeon manipulates the robotic arms of the system while viewing images of the operative field in high definition and three dimensions, with up to 600 times magnification. The surgeon's assistants position themselves next to the robotic arm and the patient and follow the action on screen. Surgical instruments, designed specifically for robotic surgery, are inserted through very small holes.

The level of detail and image quality of the system in addition to the range of motion made possible by the robotic arms of the Da Vinci system substantially increase the precision of the procedure, a factor associated with a significant reduction of injury to important anatomical structures (many of these in a size so small that their identification would not be possible otherwise), contributing to many advantages for patients:

  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Lower incidence of infections and postoperative complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster return to a normal lifestyle

The Da Vinci Si HD surgical system will be used in the areas of Urology, Gynecology-Obstetrics, General Surgery and Otolaryngology, and in particular for oncological disorders. The Hospital da Luz maintains a team of some of the best national experts in these departments along with the regular presence of invited foreign surgeons.

Isabel Vaz, chairman of the executive committee of the Espírito Santo Saúde, says of the investment in the Da Vinci Si HD surgical system, "the Hospital da Luz reinforces its strategy of providing health care excellence and innovation, and supports its position as a reference hospital at both the national and European level, a position becoming increasingly more important in the context of the recently announced mobility and freedom of choice for European citizens in relation to health care."