Published on 06. July 2016

Vivantes Prostate Center strengthened by another surgical robot

The Prostate Center of Vivantes has been equipped with a second DaVinci robot system. The new surgical robot will be used at the Auguste-Viktoria Hospital, Friedrichshain Hospital and Hospital "Am Urban" sites. A corresponding surgical robot is already available at the Humboldt Hospital. Vivantes is now in a position to offer robot-assisted surgery at four of its eight clinic locations.

Surgeries with the DaVinci robotic system are primarily used in the treatment of prostate and kidney cancer as well as reconstructions of the urinary tract. They are considered a particularly gentle alternative to open surgery and are a further development of minimally invasive surgery. The acquisition of another DaVinci robot system has decisively strengthened the Vivantes Prostate Center.

The Vivantes Prostate Center Berlin is located at four clinic sites, which are led by renowned experts:

  • Vivantes Auguste-Viktoria Hospital - Chief Physician MU Dr. Mario Zacharias.
  • Vivantes Friedrichshain Hospital - head physician Prof. Dr. Jan Roigas
  • Vivantes Hospital "Am Urban" - head physician PD Dr. Ahmed Magheli and head physician PD Dr. Stefan Hinz
  • Vivantes Humboldt Hospital - chief physicians Prof. Dr. Steffen Weikert and Dr. Christian Klopf

A surgical robot cannot and should not replace the doctor, but it can be a very precise tool. The DaVinci robotic system visually enlarges the operating area by 10 times and offers 3D optics. This allows the physician to operate even more precisely. At Vivantes Humboldt-Klinikum, surgery has already been performed with the support of a robot in the urology department since February 2014. Since fall 2015, this technology has also been used in esophageal surgery. In the medium term, Vivantes plans to establish the use of robotic systems in other specialties, such as gynecology.

With the support of the surgical robot, it is possible to combine minimally invasive techniques with the precise manual preparation techniques of open surgical procedures. The "robot" does not perform the surgical steps automatically, but merely transfers the finger-hand movements of the surgeon to the instruments with particular precision. In this way, even complex operations can be performed precisely through small incisions.

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