Pontevedra, April 13, 2023 The Minister of Health, Julio García Comisana, opened today, at Monticello Hospital, the 12th Congress of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and given that the main theme of the meeting is minimally invasive surgery, the person in charge of the health file highlighted the progress made by robotic surgery in this technique. The health district director, Jose Flores Arias, also attended the ceremony.
As indicated by Comesaña, in Galicia there are a large number of professionals already trained in robotic surgery, 84 console surgeons, 160 assistant surgeons, 200 nursing and anesthesiologists, as well as analytical and technical support staff, whom the Minister congratulated for their well-being. Work done using Da Vinci bots, which they’ve had since 2021.
The Head of Public Health of Galicia highlighted that at the end of 2022, health professionals from Cergas Hospitals had performed more than 2,760 robotic surgical interventions, of which 286 were in the Monticello Hospital. Of these more than 2,700 operations, 40% were general and digestive surgery, 33% were urology, 15% were gynecological, 8% were thoracic surgeries and 3% were ENT diseases. This robotic system is also used for colorectal interventions.
The minister stressed the need to focus before treatment on prevention, given the importance of early diagnosis of many diseases. In this sense, Comesaña encouraged residents to participate in screening programmes. In this regard, Galicia has, since 2013, extended its colon cancer screening program, from 2019 to 100% of the target population, between the ages of 50 and 69, in which, according to the latest available data, more than 700,000 people have already participated. . .
The Minister also highlighted the follow-up, through the TELEA technology platform, of inflammatory bowel disease, which includes patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
Concluding his remarks, Comesaña thanked the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Alberto Parajo, for his critical commitment to training and research.