By Andy Choi
The Credit Valley Hospital Foundation has received $1M from two Mississauga-based philanthropists to host a surgical robotics program.
This initiative results from joint- collaboration between Credit Valley’s Carlo Fidani Peel Regional Cancer Centre and The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre.
A fundraising initiative worth $6M was established with The Credit Valley Hospital Foundation by Robert and Sheila Taberner and Marie José Overweel to create robotic advancements in this community.
Robert Taberner says that six years ago, robotic surgery was not familiar in Canada as much as in the U.S. He was treated for prostate cancer and was discharged within 24 hours following prostatectomy. He anticipated introducing this innovative robotic surgical method with speedy recovery period and excellent results in his community.
Based on robot-assisted tools that can work in sync with the surgeon's movements, this robotic surgery ensures successful minimally invasive surgical procedures with increased dexterity, high precision, and control.
The Credit Valley Hospital, chief of surgery, Dr. Thomas Short says that the robotics surgery is multi-featured and highly beneficial including less blood loss, high precision, minimally invasive capability, short duration, reduced risk of complications, less pain and minimal scarring. In partnership with The Carlo Fidani Peel Regional Cancer Centre, Halton-Peel will have an advanced robust cancer care program. With a sophisticated cancer centre, better care can be offered to the patients on chemotherapy, surgical, and radiation therapy. Specializing in prostatectomy and gynecology, the Credit Valley Hospital is one among the three hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area to offer advanced gynecologic cancer surgery, with robotics being integrated into it.
Robotics has been a global success with a large number of procedures enabling the achievement of complex surgeries.