QEII Health Sciences Centre home to Atlantic Canada’s first surgical robotics technology
Entire project to be funded by QEII Foundation donors with $2.8 million left to raise
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HALIFAX, N.S. - Today, Nova Scotia Health Authority and the QEII Foundation announced that the QEII Health Sciences Centre is now home to Atlantic Canada’s first surgical robotics technology.
- faster healing and recovery times;
- shorter hospital stays;
- fewer post-operative complications and less risk of infection;
- less blood loss;
- reduced pain and reduced reliance on opioids to manage pain;
- quicker return to work and normal, day-to-day activities;
- less impact to delicate nerves that control bladder and sexual function within prostate cancer patients; and
- the ability to operate on patients who weren’t previously candidates for minimally invasive surgery.
- In a robot-assisted operating room, the surgeon sits at a computer console a few feet away from the operating table and patient. From that distance, the surgeon controls the surgical instruments and 3D camera attached to robotic arms.
- These robotic arms have a superior degree of dexterity compared to a surgeon’s hands, providing better accuracy, flexibility and control – and, ultimately, driving more minimally invasive procedures and enabling the most precision possible.
- Trialing robot-assisted surgery in prostate, gynecological and kidney cancer treatments at the QEII is already impacting patients and their families. Planning is underway to expand robot-assisted surgeries to thoracic cancer surgeries in 2021, with the potential to add some general cancer surgeries and ear, nose or throat cancer surgeries in the coming years as well.
- Health care is always evolving and as a teaching and research facility the QEII has a responsibility to explore and evaluate new technologies and approaches to care that can benefit patients.
- The QEII was presented an opportunity to trial surgical robotics as part of its planning for the QEII New Generation project. Support from the QEII Foundation and donors will allow this innovation to continue.
- The QEII Foundation is $2.8 million away from reaching its $8.1 million goal to fund the entire project – moving away from trial to a permanent program.
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) provides health services to Nova Scotians and a wide array of specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. NSHA operates hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers. We work in partnership with community groups, schools, governments, foundations and auxiliaries and community health boards.