A robotic surgery in progress at HMC’s Heart Hospital.
DOHA: The Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has performed more than 180 surgical procedures, including 39 heart surgeries, using robotic techniques since the method was first introduced in Qatar in 2008.
Robotic surgery is increasingly being used for different kinds of surgery at HMC’s Heart Hospital.
HMC is now planning to expand the technique to more specialities, including gynaecology and bariatrics surgery
The technique is gaining wider acceptance among patients because it is minimally invasive and recovery times are faster, according to experts who spoke at Qatar’s First Robotic Symposium held recently by Qatar Surgical Society and Heart Hospital.
The Robotic Symposium, attended by around 150 physicians and surgeons discussed the latest research and technology in the field of robotic surgery.
Since robot-assisted surgery started at HMC in 2008, about 183 operations were performed using this method. A notable use has been for the management of snoring and sleep apnea.
HMC is currently the only provider of robot-assisted surgery in Qatar. The one-day symposium held at Heart Hospital’s Al Zahrawi Auditorium featured local and international speakers and covered a range of medical specialities where robotic surgery is utilized, including cardiac, urology, paediatric, ENT, gynaecology and general surgery.
Dr Abdulla Al Ansari, acting chairman of Surgery at HMC’s Hamad General Hospital, who gave an overview of the robotic surgery programme in Qatar, said in his lecture that the establishment of the Qatar Robotic Surgery Center has helped robot-assisted surgery to gain wider acceptance.
He said there are plans to expand the coverage of robotic surgery to include more specialities, including gynaecology and bariatrics surgery.
“The symposium allowed us to share our local experience and exchange knowledge with international experts who spoke during the second half of the session,” said Dr Abdul Wahid Al Mulla, Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Heart Hospital.
He said there are plans to hold a bigger symposium in the future.
According to Al Mulla, 39 cases of robot-assisted cardiac surgeries have been conducted at HMC. These operations involve patients with single-vessel coronary artery disease, a common type of heart disease, where there is a narrowing of an artery that then restricts blood flow to the heart.