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Sayang Sabah - The voice of Sabahans

Robotic surgery gives a whole new meaning to saving lives

Dr Ho Siew Hong a Urologist and Robotic Surgeon at Glaneagles and Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospitals in Singapore. - Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
Dr Ho Siew Hong a Urologist and Robotic Surgeon at Glaneagles and Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospitals in Singapore. – Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

KOTA KINABALU –A machine that carries out surgeries seems very sci-fi but this exists in the medical facilities and practised by those in the profession.

So if the public in Sabah look puzzled at this information, it is acceptable as our hospitals whether government backed or private ones have still to own such facilities.

However, most of the medical practitioners in Sabah know about this robotic surgery tools that promises low complications and deliver better outcome when it comes to precision.

Faster recovery, less blood loss and minimal damage or invasive procedure when using the robotic surgery, Dr Ho Siew Hong a Urologist and Robotic Surgeon said.

“We have been using this technology for almost eight years and it is common for urologists to conduct surgery using robotic technology as it made the complex surgery refined,” he said to the reporters during a press conference for the CanHOPE Continuous Medical Education (CME) talk at Pacific Sutera Harbour, today.

Dr Ho who is attached with Glaneagles and Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospitals in Singapore explained that the technology allow the surgeon to perform a precise and accurate surgery.

“It (robotic) can overcome some challenges that surgeon faces especially when it comes to remote and narrow site. It reduce rate of error as well as down-scaling that enables surgeon to perform precise movements,” he said.

He disclosed that robotic surgery if compared to the conventional and open surgeries has indicates an improvement of recovery experience for patients.

According to Dr Ho, prostate cancer for example is the fourth common cancer for Asian men.

“Early detection is the key to successful treatment. If detected early, can be cured. Treatment involves surgery to remove the entire prostate gland or radiotherapy to destroy the cancer cells within the prostate gland,” he explained.

He pointed that the result of either treatment method is good.

“If you ask me is it worth doing it? yes it is and does it impact the life expand of the patients yes it does with the survival at 15 years of 65 per cent if it is treated,” he said.

He hoped that with time, the robotic technology will improve and become more access-able to hospitals especially places like Sabah. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah

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