The Jaber Hospital performed over 100 general surgical operations using a surgical robot, confirmed the Head of the Department of Surgery and Chairman of the Kuwaiti Board of Surgery, Dr. Sulaiman Al Mazeedi. He said that Kuwait has only two robotic devices for surgeries, one in the surgery department at Jaber Hospital and the other one at the Sabah Al-Ahmad Urology Center, which is headed by one of the pioneers in robotic operations in the country, Dr. Saad Al-Dosari.

Dr. Al Mazeedi added that the robots were being used for obesity operations, colon and abdominal wall surgeries and complex “hernia”, as well as, some cholecystectomy, while pointing out that using surgical robots is far more advanced than laparoscopic operations. He said that the world of surgery is transitioning into robotic operations, and that its development and achievement are in line with the vision of the Ministry of Health, and supported by Minister Dr. Khaled Al-Saeed, and Undersecretary Dr. Mustafa Reda, in terms of developing the health system and providing top-notch healthcare for people.

Dr. Maher Al-Shaar, a consultant in bariatric surgery and robotic operations, and head of the robotic surgery department at St. Luke’s Hospital in Pennsylvania, was a visiting doctor in Kuwait who performed complex surgeries through a robot. He shared relevant information on improving robotic operations and service to help the country become the capital of robotic surgery in the region.

On the other hand, consultant colonic surgeon at Jaber Hospital and assistant professor at the College of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Dr. Ahmed Al-Khamis, confirmed the robot helped in colon surgery, particularly in patients with cancerous tumors in the rectum area, among other colon problems. He said that the robot could provide consistent accuracy and aid in reducing fatigue during operations.

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