Our expert uses DaVinci robot to perform the most complex surgeries

17 Jul 2023

Our expert uses DaVinci robot to perform the most complex surgeries

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For many years Andreas Tittel has been successfully leading the surgical department at a major evangelical hospital in North Rhine-Westphalia, where thousands of patients are taken care of every year. Its expertise includes virtually the entire spectrum of modern visceral surgery - from thyroid resection to extensive operations on malignant intestinal masses. Many of them are performed using minimally invasive technologies, which have long been the core of the professional arsenal of the clinic and its chief.

An advanced stage of development in this area is robot-assisted surgery. Working instruments are inserted into the body through small incisions in the skin (the so-called "keyhole technique"). The subtle movements of the doctor's hands and fingers are transmitted in real time through a special console to the instruments, which perform the intended manipulations directly in the patient's body with millimeter accuracy.

In abdominal surgery, Dr. Tittel and his colleagues use the DaVinci system, for example, in operations to remove colorectal tumors.

The advantages of the robot are fully realized especially in hard-to-reach areas of the abdomen, where minimally invasive surgery is particularly difficult due to limited space.

Another achievement of the clinic and its director in the application of this advanced technology was the successful resection of a malignant pancreatic tumor in an elderly patient.

"Considering the age and body weight as well as the type and location of the tumor, it was decided at an interdisciplinary board to perform the surgery with the DaVinci robot," says Dr. Tittel.

During the operation, the doctors successfully managed to remove not only the life-threatening mass itself, but also the spleen and some lymph nodes.

"The results of the histological examination of the removed tissue confirm that the surgery was performed in compliance with the radicality criteria and that all cancer cells were removed," says Dr. Tittel. "And the excellent outcome confirms that our choice in favor of robot-assisted surgery was right."

The chosen technique has important benefits for the patient, including - minimal blood loss and reduced risk of adhesions or scar rupture, as well as rapid recovery and lesser pain.

We wish our honored expert further success for the benefit of his many patients.


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