For the first time in Israel, two robotic, laparoscopic hysterectomies were performed by a Hadassah Medical Center surgeon in June while being broadcast live to the Tannenbaum Hall at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem, where gynecologists from all over the country were watching.
Dr. Avi Benshushan, Director of the Gyneco-Oncology Unit at Hadassah, carried out the operations together with Dr. Jacob Tangir, an expert in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic cancer and pelvic surgery from the Center for Gynecologic Oncology in Florida. The surgeries demonstrated the advantages the surgical robot offers in laparoscopic gynecological procedures. The post-op women were discharged from the hospital a day and a half following the surgery.
Hadassah was the first hospital in Israel to use robotic surgical technology in January 2009. Since then, about 80 robotic surgeries have been performed at Hadassah, in the departments of general surgery, urology, and gynecology.