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Saudi Hospital Performs First Fully Robotic Liver Transplant

The groundbreaking surgery paves the way for future medical innovation.

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King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center’s (KFSH&RC) Organ Transplant Center of Excellence (OTCoE) in Riyadh, KSA, has successfully completed a groundbreaking surgery — a liver transplant performed entirely by robots.

The donor recipient, a 66-year-old Saudi male battling non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, was treated on September 6th. The man is the first in a long line of future patients who will benefit from fully robotic transplants at the Saudi facility.

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While other surgical establishments have experimented with minimally invasive liver transplants using hybrid robotic techniques, KFSH&RC is the only one to successfully perform a fully robotic liver transplant. The high-tech machinery enables surgeons to make smaller incisions, allowing for faster recoveries and radically reduced rates of post-op complications and infections.

Dr. Dieter Broering, Executive Director of the Organ Transplant Center of Excellence at KFSH&RC, noted: “With this remarkable feat, we at KFSH&RC reaffirm our commitment to pushing the boundaries of medical innovation and enhancing the quality of healthcare services offered to patients worldwide. The successful implementation of fully robotic liver transplants marks a pivotal moment in the history of organ transplantation and firmly positions KFSH&RC as a world-leading center in this field”.

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The KFSH&RC Robotic Surgery Program and its Da Vinci Xi robots now operate across several surgical departments:

  • Gynecology, including operating on uterine cancers, benign hysterectomies, and myomectomies.
  • Urology, for the treatment of kidney, ureter, bladder, and prostate tumors.
  • Neurology, where electrodes are implanted into the brains of patients suffering refractory epilepsy and hemispherectomies.

KFSH&RC is now recognized as a leading Training Center for robotic transplants, opening the doors to collaborations with other medical institutions and driving global progress in minimally invasive surgeries.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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