The Urology Department in Dubai Hospital performed for the first time in the UAE a laparoscopic (keyhole) operation with a three-dimensional (3-D) high definition (HD) surgical vision system.
The three-D surgery was performed by Dr. Fariborz Bagheri, Urologist at Dubai Hospital and his team.
Dr Bagheri said: "Twenty years ago, most surgeries were performed by an open approach, which usually required big skin incisions and, consequently, left the patient with huge scars. Over the last twenty years, however, keyhole surgery -
where the surgeon uses a tiny camera inside the patient's body - has become more and more commonplace. So much so, that most operations are now performed using this method. This approach lets the surgeon see the patients' anatomy in a highly magnified way which leads to positive results for the patient, such as: more precise dissection, less bleeding, less post-operative pain and greater cosmetic appearance after surgery.
However, despite many of these benefits, this procedure has its limitations because surgeons can only see what they are doing in two-dimensional (2-D) visions."
He continued, "Many of us have experienced the benefits of watching movies in 3-D. Now, the surgeons at Dubai Hospital are able to perform their keyhole surgery in what is a first in the UAE: 3-D surgery. The Urology Department at Dubai Hospital is the first to introduce and operate on some patients with the 3-D imaging technology. With this technology, the patients continue to experience the benefits of minimal invasive laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, while the surgeon gains the critical depth perception he needs during the operations. It makes the operations safer, optimizes the accuracy of the procedure and in, most cases the operation can be performed faster than the conventional 2-D laparoscopic procedures."
He said that several operations in urology can be performed by laparoscopy and 3-D techniques such as removal of kidney cysts, management of kidney tumours, repair of kidney and ureter malformations, ligation of testicular varicoceles, prostate operations, and correction of pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence in females.
This system was brought to the UAE by a leading German Medical Device manufacturer.
"At the Dubai Hospital we understand that being at the forefront of the technology curve is not only of value to the surgeons and the hospital but also our patients," says Dr. Abdulrazzaq Almadani, CEO of Dubai Hospital.
"We are pleased to be the leader in this area and it emphasizes our commitment to providing high quality care to our patients."