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Robotic surgery helps Tygerberg Hospital reduce surgical backlog

Robotic surgery helps Tygerberg Hospital reduce surgical backlog

In February, Tybergberg Hospital incorporated robotic surgery into its clinical offering, which colorectal surgeon Dr. Tim Forgan says has many benefits for patients as well as the hospital.

Surgeons used Tygerberg Hospital’s new state-of-the-art Da Vinci robot on cancer patients. Picture: Provided.

CAPE TOWN — Tygerberg Hospital is working to reduce its massive surgical backlog.

Clinicians explained on Monday that the facility will run one additional threat list per day in an effort to reduce the number of people on its theater waiting list.

Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo said managers over the past two years had to rotate services to accommodate COVID-19 patients.

“We have to try not to leave so many patients behind,” said MEC Mbombo.

The provincial health department will make R20 million available to hospitals to deal with their surgical backlog.

In February, Tybergberg Hospital incorporated robotic surgery into its clinical offering, which colorectal surgeon Dr. Tim Forgan says has many benefits for patients as well as the hospital.

“We have treated seven cases now robotically and all have gone home 50% earlier than they would have done before. So our first set of cases all went home after three days and they underwent a major surgery Everyone but one patient went home after three days and this patient went home after five days These were people who usually had to stay in hospital for weeks , so we are freeing up beds,” Forgan said.



Robotic surgery helps Tygerberg Hospital reduce surgical backlog

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