The first robot-assisted surgeries to treat prostate cancer in the Eastern Cape were performed by Netcare Greenacres urologists Dr Hannes Brummer and Dr Johan Coetzee this week following the installation of the Da Vinci Si robotic surgical system at the hospital.
Similar robotic systems have been installed at Netcare hospitals in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Coetzee and Brummer have been training in South Africa and Europe to perform robot-assisted surgery.
Netcare hospital division managing director Jacques du Plessis said that after robotic surgery systems had been introduced in other provinces there had been an increased number of referrals from other provinces.
“We have now brought the technology and capacity for robotic-assisted procedures to the Eastern Cape.
“We identified a need for the intricate and highly complex interventions the Da Vinci Si system enables trained surgeons to achieve,” he said.
Netcare Greenacres Hospital general man