São João Hospital in Porto (CHUSJ) will next year be equipped to perform operations with a €1.5 million surgical robot which, explains Lusa, will allow “more complex” operations to be performed. Right now only Lisbon’s Hospital Curry Cabral State has a surgical robot – whereas other European countries can have two or more robots per hospital. Elisabete Barbosa, head of the autonomous management unit (UAG) of surgery at CHUSJ describes the acquisition of the robot as “an old dream” because it can “greatly benefit both the work of the surgeon and the lives of patients (…) For the surgeon it is good in ergonomic terms. The surgeon is at a console and controls the movements of the robot arm. For the patient, it will be possible to perform more complex, more radical surgeries. It also allows a better post-operative recovery, less hematic losses and less time spent in hospital”, she said.