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Surgical robot Da Vinci removes adrenal tumor for patient in Shanghai

By Du Xiaofei (People's Daily Online)    14:48, May 11, 2017

 Professor Wang Linhui 

The Da Vinci robotic surgical system, one of the most advanced pieces of medical technology in China, set a new record in Shanghai.

On May 9, Urology Director Wang Linhui successfully performed surgery on a fifty-five-year-old male patient who suffered from an adrenal tumor with help from the surgical robot, ThePaper.cn learned from Shanghai Changzheng Hospital. The doctor opened a two centimeter cut on the patient’s stomach and then used the arm of the surgical robot to completely remove the tumor.

It was the first time in China a laparoendoscopic single-site urological surgery was done with the help of the advanced robot, and it marks a huge leap forward from when the previous method of making three or four cuts on a patient’s stomach. “Compared with traditional laparoscopic surgery, the new approach is less invasive and there is less scarring,” Wang said.

“The Da Vinci robotic surgical system has a magnified 3D view, a flexible artificial arm, and a direct display of mechanical movements. All this helps avoid human blind spots,” Wang said. “Because of the 3D eyepiece, doctors can keep veins and nerves within the surgical region intact, thus preserving their biological functions as much as possible.”

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