Binh Dan Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 has put into operation a robotic surgery facility, the first of its kind in Vietnam.
Ten adult patients received robotic surgery at the hospital as of December 10.
Director of the hospital Dr Tran Vinh Hung said that the hospital started to use robots to assist its doctors to perform surgeries among adult patients in November this year in order to improve quality and reduce the number of Vietnamese patients going overseas for examination and treatment.
The hospital is suggesting that the Ministry of Health approve the advanced technology in the list of insurance covered medical techniques.
It is providing free surgery to the first 40 patients, Hung said.
At the hospital, the robotic surgery is performed for cancers of the stomach, colon/rectum, liver, pancreas, lung, prostate, and eight other diseases.
Robots have been used to assist laparoscopic surgery in many countries in the world, such as the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, since 1980./.