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Robotic Cancer Surgery: It really makes a difference


Robotic surgery is not only a hi-tech investment. As the surgeons operate the system, the experience of the lead doctor is what makes the real difference. Just similar to the relation between a car and its driver. So, a robotic surgery patient should question who the driver is.

As LIV Hospital, we are proud of having the most experienced and talented Robotic Surgeons in different branches, who have been performing high number of complex surgeries through a real multidisciplinary approach. As one of the leading reference hospitals in Europe, we have been operating hundreds of robotic surgery patients from different countries every year. Contact us to understand how better we can help you with your surgery.

Robotic surgery uses the latest robotic and space technology, and is beneficial for performing complex surgeries. The surgeon is 100% in control of the Robotic Arms of the System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. By this way, this technology is really taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.

What are the advantages of Robotic Surgery?
In addition to the classic advantages of laparoscopic surgery, the most significant benefits of robotic surgery are as follows:

  • LESS PAIN: Minimal trauma to the skin and muscle means much less post-operation pain and discomfort.
  • LOWER RISK OF INFECTION: Minimum contact between the abdominal organs and the air in the operating theater leads to a significantly lower risk of infection compared to open surgery.
  • SAFER SURGERY: 3-D and magnified images provide better vision and protection of the blood vessels and nerves. For example, blood loss during surgery is greatly reduced.
  • LESS SCARRING: With 1 -1.5 cm incisions compared to 20-25 cm incisions in open surgery, scarring is minimized.
  • FAST RECOVERY: Earlier post-operation mobilization and oral nutrition leads to the patient’s speedier recovery.
  • REDUCTION OF HOSPITALIZATION PERIODS: Most patients are discharged 3 or 4 days after surgery.
  • A FAST RETURN TO WORK AND DAILY LIFE: Patients return to normal life more rapidly due to more rapid recovery and healing.

Which Operations Can Be Done with Robots?
Although the increasingly widespread use of robotic surgery over the past decade has been concentrated on urologic surgery, it is now being ever more widely used in general, gynecological and heart surgery.

Robotic Urology
The prostate is a gland in the male system that plays a role in bladder output and semen viscosity. It is composed of secretive cells and peripheral tissue. Prostate cancer occurs with the abnormal development of these secretive cells. Unless diagnosed early, prostate cancer spreads to peripheral tissues via lymph and blood vessels. The areas to which it most commonly spreads (metastasis) are the peripheral lymph nodes and bones. It can also spread to the lungs, liver and other organs.

There are various methods to treat prostate cancer. The most effective of these methods is radical prostatectomy. The 10-year disease-specific survival rate for patients with well differentiated tumors who have undergone radical prostatectomy is over 90%. For this reason, radical prostatectomy is the most preferred of all available treatment methods. Traditional open radical prostatectomy surgery is carried out with a large surgical incision. This means the patient experiences longer hospitalization time, a prolonged period of post-operation recovery and healing, exposure to a higher risk of infection and greater scarring. Robotic prostatectomy procedures that have become more widespread in recent years are performed with a small incision and offer the patient a less traumatic and minimally invasive alternative.

Advantages of Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

  • Less Loss of Blood: In robotic radical prostatectomy surgery, the abdomen is inflated with gas. This gas pressure leads to a significant reduction in bleeding. The gas is discharged from the abdomen at the end of the operation. Moreover, bleeding can be more clearly detected and stopped earlier with the use of 3-D high definition cameras that can magnify the operation area. There is generally no need for blood transfusions.
  • Shorter Hospitalization Periods: Since robotic surgery involves smaller incisions and much less loss of blood, patients are discharged from hospital earlier than when compared with open surgery operations.
  • Shorter Catheter Period: Since robotic prostatectomy surgery enables waterproof stitching together of the urinary bladder and urinary tract (anastomosis), the catheter can be removed within 6-7 days.
  • Less Pain: Because of the smaller surgical incisions, patients experience less pain and discomfort compared to open surgery procedures.
  • Improved Cancer Control: With the aid of 3-D high definition images and instruments that can move in 7 degrees, the prostate tissue can be more clearly observed during the robotic prostatectomy procedure. In robotic surgery the prostate apical region can be seen much more clearly and operated on much more precisely. As a result, surgical margin positivities are significantly reduced.
  • Improved Bladder Control: Bladder control is regained earlier in robotic prostatectomy patients when compared to those who have undergone traditional surgery. Factors that help to achieve earlier bladder control include better imagery, less bleeding and the retention of a longer urethra.
  • An Earlier Return to Normal Sex Life: Robotic prostatectomy facilitates the protection of the neurovascular bundle around the prostate and allows patients to return to a normal sex life earlier than is the case with traditional surgery.


Robotic Gynecology
LIV Hospital is at the forefront of remarkable advances in gynecological oncology, high-risk pregnancy and IVF / POD treatments, and expert in all areas of women’s health for women of all ages, from adolescence on. For some patients, minimally invasive surgery and Da Vinci robotic surgery may be an option.

Robotic Oncology
The LIV Hospital Cancer Center aims to provide patients with the maximum protection while slowing or preventing the spread of the cancer, leading to eradication of the cancer with subsequent surgical or radiation treatment, if required.

In cases of early detection, surgical treatment may be sufficient. In more advanced cases, (especially if it has spread to other organs), the treatment protocol may vary. The treatment will depend on the type of cancer, its extent and location and also on the individual requirements of the patient.

Combining the specialty fields of Endocrine Surgery, Breast Surgery, Surgical Gastroenterology, Liver and Bile Duct Surgery, Peripheral Vascular Surgery, Varicose Vein Disease and Obesity Surgery in a multidisciplinary approach that embraces joint efforts with the department of Oncology.

Why should I choose LIV Hospital for Robotic Surgery?
As LIV Hospital, we are proud of having the most experienced and talented Robotic Surgeons in the country with deepest expertise, who have been handling high number of robotic surgery cases through a real multidisciplinary approach. As one of the leading reference hospitals in Europe, we have been performing hundreds of such robotic surgery patients from different countries every year.

For international patients:
Every year, hundreds of patients from different countries prefer us for our deepest expertise in Robotic Surgery. The procedure starts with your first contact, during which you tell us about your medical condition and send your medical reports. We have an experienced team of International Patient Services Department, where our agents speak 12 different languages including Arabic, Russian, Georgian and more. They handle your request carefully and communicate with our doctors immediately. If necessary, they organize telephone or video calls between you and our medical team, so that we make sure that we understand you correctly, before we prepare your treatment plan in detail.

We also give full support in meeting you at the airport, organizing your accommodation, giving interpreter services, preparing your medical reports in your own language in order to make you feel at home during your stay in Turkey.

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