West Shore Medical Private Hospital partnered with the British High Commission last week to host a seminar for surgeons at the commissioner’s residence, targeting specialist engineering robotic surgery.
It’s unlike what the majority of local surgeons would be exposed to and according to West Shore Medical’s Chief Operations Officer Stephen King, such technology can “redefine healthcare in the region”.
Laparoscopic surgeries have long replaced open surgeries. Laparoscopic surgeries explore the abdominal and/or pelvic cavities through one or two keyhole incisions. However, engineering robotic surgeries are now revolutionising the way surgeons perform surgeries with the use of robots. Through a single incision, sometimes through the navel, robotic surgeries are cutting down the openings during surgery while also decreasing the recovery time while surgeons are better able to see what is happening inside the body during surgery.
Such advancement in technology calls for retraining and repurposing within the local medical industry and 20 surgeons had the opportunity last week Wednesday to come face to face with surgical developments taking place in the developed world.
Frank Curiel, president and Chief Executive Officer of Mederi N V is the supplier of the surgical robot and hosted the seminar which included morning and afternoon sessions. Appearing virtually at the seminar was a surgeon representative from CMR Surgical, a
British medical device company based in Cambridge that produces robot-assisted surgery systems. The representative discussed how they use the robot and what it is used for.
A wide cross-section of local surgeons benefited from the seminar including those who are breast surgeons, urologists, obstetricians, gynaecologists, cardiothoracic and neurosurgeons.
Operations Manager at West Shore Medical Joanne Achille-Zamore told Guardian Media that T&T must keep up with the changing trends within the medical industry to better serve its patients. She said, “Everybody is interested and the surgeons are very excited. It is where the medical field is moving, so let’s be at the front edge of it. Let’s be where the likes of Europe is. The question now is; how can we introduce this type of surgery to the country? This robot can be moved between hospitals, it can be shared with hospitals.”
According to a statement from West Shore Medical, the developing world often faces healthcare challenges stemming from limited access to modern medical technology and quality care. King added, “Our focus on advanced technology, preventative care, and community engagement is reshaping the healthcare landscape, and we are determined to provide the best possible care for our patients.” He said that includes forging global partnerships with technology, pharmaceuticals and not-for-profit organisations such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
The hospital added that its seminar is part of its “commitment to implementing state-of-the-art medical technology” and that means “patients now have access to diagnostic tools, treatment options, and surgeries that were once unavailable locally. This leads to quicker diagnoses, more effective treatments, and improved patient outcomes’’.