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Robot Assisted Surgery Procedures
Learn more about the types of surgery that can be performed with the assistance of this technology
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Robot Assisted Surgery in Canada
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Robot Assisted Surgery has been successfully used to treat patients within Canada since 2003. The technology is used by surgeons of multiple specialties for a range of procedures.

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Types of Robot Assisted Surgeries

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Patients and Health care professionals share their experience with robot assisted surgery. 

Aubrie's Story

Aubrie Nelson is an emergency nurse from Victoria. She’s married with two young boys, AJ and Ivan. In the Spring of 2014, Aubrie was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in her salivary gland that was not responsive to radiation.

Future of Surgical Innovation

The multi specialty team at St Joe’s Hospital in Hamilton describe how minimally invasive robot assisted surgery is benefiting their cancer patients daily.

Funding Atlantic Canada's first surgical robotics program at the QEII

Robot-assisted surgery is a cancer treatment option that’s never been available, here, in Atlantic Canada…until now.

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Minimally Invasive Treatment

M. Regis Labeaume, the Mayor of Quebec City, discusses his prostate cancer diagnosis and his positive experience with minimally invasive robot assisted surgery (French)

Robot Assisted Surgery Program dedicated to Womens Health

Dr. Helen Steed describes the impact the team a Lois Hole Hospital in Edmonton has had on womens lives in provided minimally invasive robot assissted surgery for cancer.

Advantages of Robot Assisted Surgery

In a Health Podcast Dr. Shannon Salvador talks about robot assisted assisted surgery and its impact on patients, surgeon training and the future of surgery.

Latest News

Robot-Assisted Kidney Surgery Q&A with Dr Pautler

Jul 22, 2020

Kidney Cancer Canada recently updated their Video Knowledge Library with a series of videos featuring Dr. Stephen Pautler of St. Josephs Hospital London who discussed robot assisted surgery for patients with kidney cancer.

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Meet da Vinci, the QEII hospital's surgical robot

Jul 22, 2020

Warren Connors works with robots every day at work, but he never imagined his life would be saved by one.

Connors was diagnosed with cancer in November. He went to the emergency department at the QEII hospital in Halifax thinking he had kidney stones. Instead, they found tumours on both his kidneys.

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One year, one hundred lives later

Since its launch in November 2018, the A.B. Smith QC Robotics program at Kingston Health Sciences Centre has changed the lives of more than one hundred patients in southeastern Ontario. In a traditional open surgery, patients experience long, deep incisions that can lead to discomfort and a lengthy recovery period. But, with the support of a robotic system, patients can experience faster recovery times, less pain, and decreased need for blood transfusions. In many cases, they walk out the doors of the hospital and return home the next day – a concept that would be inconceivable before the introduction of robotic-assisted surgeries.   

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Hernia Repair using the da Vinci Surgical Robot: Gordon’s Story

January 30, 2019

Last year, Humber River Hospital surgeons Dr. Steven MacLellan and Dr. Jensen Tan performed Canada’s first Ventral Hernia Repair and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction using the da Vinci Surgical Robot. Since then, their approach has helped patients needing ventral hernia repairs get their lives back more quickly, with less pain.

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Medical robotics changing health care in Canada

March 19, 2018

In operating rooms across Canada, doctors are getting high-tech help from robots that are becoming indispensable. They help surgeons be more precise, and make patients feel at ease. Allison Vuchnich reports on the changing landscape of medical robots.

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