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Saudi Arabia Performs First Robotic Heart Surgery


Thu 06 Jun 2024 | 12:17 PM
Israa Farhan

Saudi Arabia has successfully performed its first robotic heart surgery on a patient suffering from chest angina.

The procedure occurred at King Fahd University Hospital in Khobar, affiliated with Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University.

The pioneering surgery was led by Dr. Fahad Al-Maktoum, a consultant cardiac surgeon, and was reported by the newspaper "Sabq" on Tuesday.

The medical team at the hospital’s Heart Center managed to conduct the country's inaugural open-heart surgery using a surgical robot.

The patient, a 58-year-old man, required the implantation of three coronary arteries. Diagnostic cardiac catheterization revealed severe new blockages in three arteries, necessitating surgical intervention.

The patient also had multiple health issues, including a fractured neck bone, chronic emphysema, hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

The surgery was carried out with exceptional care and precision by a specialized team trained in advanced technology.

The use of robotic assistance in the operation allowed for highly accurate movements, significantly reducing the risk of human error and increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.

King Fahd University Hospital's Heart Center is one of the few Saudi Arabia centers equipped to perform such advanced procedures. 

It is the first center in the Eastern Province to conduct open-heart surgery with a surgical robot, marking a significant milestone in the region’s medical capabilities.