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First robot-assisted surgery at Waldfriede Hospital

Waldfriede Hospital is run by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

First robot-assisted surgery at Waldfriede Hospital


Last week (Feb. 17), the first surgery with the robot "Da Vinci" took place at the Waldfriede Hospital in Berlin. This day was another milestone in the hospital's 101-year (surgical) history, according to hospital CEO Bernd Quoß.

The Da Vinci surgical system is a robot-assisted surgical system for minimally invasive operations in the urological and gynecological fields.  Chief physician and medical director, Dr. Roland Scherer, performed the surgery together with Dr. Thorsten Unglaube. In the meantime, three operations have already been performed by the proctology department. The gynecology department will start with its first operation in the beginning of March, on the 1st.

The "Da Vinci" device used in Waldfriede is currently the most modern version available. An additionally acquired console offers the surgeon even more eyes and support during the operation, by a second surgeon.

According to the hospital, Waldfriede is the 8th hospital in Berlin and one of only 10% of all hospitals in Germany to take on this technical and forward-looking challenge.

In the future, the hospital would also enter the field of liver and pancreas surgery with the new department "Center for Oncological Upper Abdomen Surgery and Robotics". The chief physician of the new department would be Prof. Dr. med. Marcus Bahra, who comes from the Charité and specializes in operations and treatments of these diseases.

The area of palliative medicine is also being considered. For this purpose, the previous comfort ward of the hospital is currently being converted into a palliative ward in order to make the patients' stay as comfortable as possible. Head of the new palliative care unit is Dr. Karola Wagner, who has moved from the Emil-von-Behring Hospital to Waldfriede.

Thus the hospital, Waldfriede, continues to develop its oncological treatment offer and consolidates its reputation as an innovator in the Berlin hospital landscape.

Waldfriede Hospital Health Network

Krankenhaus Waldfriede is integrated into the hospital's own health network, which has become the most diverse medical and personal care provider in the Steglitz-Zehlendorf district. In addition to the Waldfriede Hospital, the Social Center and the PrimaVita Health Center with its associated swimming pool, the network also includes the Academy for Health and Nursing Care, the Nikolassee Private Clinic, the Waldfriede Hospital Service Company, the Desert Flower Center, the Waldfriede Senior Citizens' Home, an outpatient day clinic and, in the future, a Medical Care Center (MVZ) for improved outpatient care. This also makes the "Waldfriede Network" one of the largest employers in the district. The sponsor is the worldwide Church of Seventh-day Adventists. This year, the hospital celebrates its 101st anniversary.

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