The Press: Future here now for women with gynaecological cancers

Rebecca Todd writes in The Press about a surgeon in Christchurch who, for the first time, is using a robot to remove gynaecological tumours.

The robots allow for surgery to be more precise and ‘easy’, and eliminates the challenges which can come with shaky hands or fatigue.

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The instruments had a greater range of movement than the human wrist, which, along with 3D vision and tenfold magnification, made operating more precise and “easy”. The machine also eliminated surgeon tremors and helped with surgeon fatigue, he said.

Patients had less blood loss, fewer complications and a quicker recovery after robot surgery.

Robot-assisted surgery had also been available to Kiwi men for prostate surgery for “some years”, but was only now being offered to women.