‘Natural evolution of technology’: Surgical robotics now in Saskatoon

Regina Leader-Post
Published Saturday, November 24, 2022

According to provincial surgery head Dr. Ivar Mendez, the purchase of the Da Vinci surgery system will cost approximately $2.5 million

The system features long, robotic limbs that allow surgeons to perform procedures without large incisions. The doctors operate the robot through a nearby console, with a trained human conducting the surgery. The robot’s tiny hands do not shake and can fit through small punctures in the body. According to the province, those smaller incisions mean patients recover faster, which, in turn, means hospital beds can open up quicker, which means surgeons can perform more procedures.

According to provincial surgery head Dr. Ivar Mendez, the purchase of the Da Vinci surgery system will cost approximately $2.5 million. The province and the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation started procurement thanks to a $1-million donation from the family of philanthropist Merlis Belsher, who are also matching up to $100,000 in donations to the foundation. The provincial government is paying the remaining $1 million in capital costs, plus operating expenses.

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