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First computer-assisted surgery in San Luis

The province of San Luis carried out its first computer-assisted surgery. This was developed at Juan Domingo Perón Hospital.


The operation was carried out jointly with the Digital Government Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology of  San Luis . The protagonist was a 58-year-old patient, who had been diagnosed with a tumor in the temporal zone of the brain. Assisted surgery was directed by Brian Wernicke and Javier San Martín, neurosurgeons at the Hospital. And they were assisted by the team of instrumentalists in surgery.

On this occasion, they were assisted by Lucas Ritacco, belonging to the Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires. He is in charge of carrying out the CAS project in San Luis. According to the results presented by Ritacco, the surgery was a success. The patient is stable but is still under observation, waiting for the evolution of this highly complex surgery.


Last year, health professionals from the province of San Luis started training in CAS. Computer-assisted surgery is a branch of medicine that works in a transdisciplinary way. Medical and health professionals work together with the tools provided by technology. This turns surgery into a three-dimensional exercise. First, doctors who are in the operating room; second, their instrumentalist assistants. Third, the technological assistance of the surgeon, which allows you to work through a navigator and have finished accuracy of what is the surgical field. And the surgery you have to perform in general.

CAS is the translation of the project name: Computer-Assisted Surgery. This first use of this practice was in neurosurgery and not ruled out that could be used for other interventions. This historic operation was carried out at the Juan Domingo Perón Hospital in San Luis. This is part of an ambitious campaign and modernization efforts in the medical area of the province of  Puntana .

Source:  San Luis Agency 

Publication Date: 19/01/2020

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