Robot technology introduced in Thai hospitals for better care of patients

Naresuan University Hospital

Naresuan University Hospital. Photo: Wonton2ton.

CHIANG MAI, 21 May 2012 (NNT) – Medical technology in Thailand is leaping forward in providing surgical patients with a much more advanced treatment. The Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, has officially become one of four places in the country that are using robots in surgery.

Out of four medical facilities in Thailand that use the robotic assisted surgical system, only one is not in Bangkok. The Robotic Surgery Center in Chiang Mai was recently opened to accommodate local patients who may find traveling to Bangkok for a complicated surgery rather cumbersome.

Da Vinci is a given name for a robotic machine with arm-like equipments, which was imported by Berli Jucker Public Company Limited. Benefits from using Da Vinci include shorter hospital stay, significantly less pain, less blood loss and ability to return to normal sex life in a case of a prostate cancer patient.

Robotic surgery can be performed in several medical specialties, such as urology, general surgery, gynecology and thyroid surgery. It has already proven effective and patients are able to walk in just a few days after an operation.

Compared to open or conventional laparoscopic approach, this particular type of surgery can enable super visualization of internal organs for surgeons, meticulous dissection of the prostate and surrounding structures as well as precise suturing of the deep dorsal vein and uretero-vesicle anastomosis.

The Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, began setting up the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System in November last year for a better care of patients in the northern region.

National News Bureau of Thailand

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