Extracted from CEO's Weekly Update, 31 Oct 2008


NUH In the News

Last week, our doctors from the Dept of Obstetrics & Gynaecology were in the limelight for the first robotic surgery for Gynaecologic Cancer in Southeast Asia.

  • 22 Oct, 'NUH uses Da Vinci for Gynaecological Cancer Surgery that Reduces Pain and Leaves No Scar', Lianhe Zaobao, pg 5
  • 22 Oct, 'Robot Performs Surgery on Woman Suffering from Endometrial Cancer', Shin Min Daily News, pg 9
  • 24 Oct, 'Domo Arigato, Dr Roboto', The New Paper, pgs 10-11

Women who need surgery for gynaecological cancers can now opt for robotic-assisted surgery - an equally effective surgery that is less painful, results in fewer scarring and allows them to get back on their feet faster.

During the process, the surgeon controls the robotic arms that reside in the bedside patient cart from a console. The surgeon’s technical expertise, understanding of disease and knowledge of human anatomy are complemented by the robot’s strength, stability, dexterity and visualisation. This synergy results in higher surgical functionality which translates into better outcomes for the patient. This surgical breakthrough also prevents some of the complications patients face when they undergo traditional surgical methods.

Congratulations to Dr Jeffrey Low, Prof Ilancheran (both Senior Consultants), Dr Joseph Ng (Consultant), Dr Fong Yoke Fai (Consultant) and Dr Suresh Nair (Visiting Consultant) who brought medical excellence to greater heights!