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The world's most advanced surgical robot is the Da Vinci Surgical System. (Photo: Yvonne Bachmann)
Apr 29, 2013 | News Middle East & Africa

First robotic surgery centre to be set up in UAE

by Surgical Tribune

ABU DHABI, UAE: An Italian surgeon has announced plans to build a unique robotic surgery centre in the United Arab Emirates. The facility, which is estimated to cost up to US$20 million, would be the first worldwide, providing the technology to perform every kind of robotic surgery under one roof.

According to a report by Abu Dhabi publication The National, world-renowned surgeon Prof. Adolfo Panfili is already in talks with UAE investors. However, the plan is still in the very early stages.

While robotic surgery is a fast-growing area of medicine, the concept is new to the Emirates, Panfili told the newspaper. “There are 20 different kinds of robots,” he explained. The new centre would offer robotic neurosurgery, and spine, knee, hip and general surgery, as well as urological, vascular and ophthalmological operations.

Panfili’s aim is to develop a centre where every type of robotic surgery can be performed and surgeons can be trained, making it the first of its kind. He hopes that the centre will be built in the next two to five years.

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