The Medical City’s Robotic Surgery Offers Less Invasive Treatments

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The Medical City (TMC) recently showcased to the media its robotic surgery capabilities, all featuring advanced robotic technologies that enable surgeons to perform surgical procedures even in difficult and hard-to-reach areas. Its robotic surgery program also cements TMC’s position as one of the most technologically advanced health institutions in the country that is at par with leading centers in the world. Shown in photo is a member of the TMC Robotics Surgery team showing the robotic arms that perform complex surgical procedures.

Anyone who’s had a medical operation knows that it can be such a source of pain. Traditional surgical procedures are invasive in nature, causing certain amount of trauma to implement a course of treatment. Many internal complaints require long incisions that take time to heal, not to mention an increase in the chances of infection. Rather than offer a quick remedy for an illness, the patient is left to recuperate on his sickbed for a period of time.

However, latest advancements in medical technology allow individuals to opt for a less traumatic approach to their care. The introduction of robotic surgery easily avoids all the complications brought about by most operations.

Now hailed as the future of surgical procedures, The Medical City (TMC) has been offering robotic surgeries since 2010 for procedures that target difficult and hard-to-reach areas. This signals its position as one of the most technologically advanced health institutions in the country, at par with leading centers in the world.

Doctors at The Medical City have been using this innovation for urological, colorectal, and gynecological procedures, which focus on sensitive parts of the human body.

 Dr. Julius Cajucom, TMC Urologist and head of the Robotics Surgery Program of The Medical City, says prostate surgeries target a “tight area” in the body.

“The degree of difficulty is so great,” explains Cajucom. “The area is very tight, and movements are so limited.” The use of the robot makes the operation in the said areas more convenient and easier.

The advantages of robotic surgeries are manifold. Compared to open surgeries, it only makes tiny incisions on the patient’s body where holes are made, as in laparoscopic procedures. Through these holes, the arms of the machine are inserted to perform the needed operation within the patient’s body. The doctor operates the robot through a console that allows him to see the inside of the patient without having to open him up. Since the patient has smaller incisions, the chances of infection from external causes are minimized.

“It is less traumatic, less bloody, causes less pain post-operatively, and promotes faster recovery,” says Cajucom.

Likewise, Dr. Kristine Katimbang, TMC Robotic Gynecologic Surgeon, says robotic surgery is beneficial for many gynecological procedures, such as hysterectomies, myomectomies, and excising ovarian cysts, endometrial cancer and cervical cancer.

 Katimbang adds that many patients who undergo robotic surgery leave the hospital in just a day or two.

“Since there is no pain, they can move easily. They can eat well after a procedure, which isn’t the case compared with an open surgery,” she says. “Since there are no long incisions, there is less pain, less stress, and less agony. You cannot imagine how doctors feel when they see their patients with smiles on their faces after robotic surgery.”

 The Medical City has highly-qualified personnel to perform robotic surgeries, from doctors to nurses. All of them trained with the leading health institutions abroad.

While the procedure is presently available for urologic, colorectal, and gynecological operations, Katimbang says it can also be utilized for head and neck, trans-oral, thoracic, and vascular surgeries.

Patients no longer need to fear surgeries and their after effects on their bodies with robotic surgery. Robotics surgery provides an alternative to both traditional open and conventional laparoscopic surgery, putting the doctor’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. It enables physicians to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For more information about The Medical City’s Robotics Program, you may call the Department of Surgery at 9881000 or 9887000 ext. 6288 or visit

Breville-lize Your Summer Caravan

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Want to know how to make meals delicious and fast? You are in for a treat as, BREVILLE® a premier kitchenware brand from Australia, brings you the “Breville-lize Your Summer Caravan,” in cooperation with True Value.

Chefs Emman Galvez, Trish Azada, and Edward Mateo will share their expertise in cooking, along with recipes that will keep your family healthy and strong. Aside from that, the chefs will demonstrate how Breville products can be maximized in the kitchen to make food preparation and cooking convenient and easy.

Prior to the caravan, a two day selling exhibit will be held in the venues so not only professional chefs but home chefs may also avail of promo sets that are up for grabs. The packages will surely revolutionize your kitchen!

The two-day selling exhibit and Brevillelize Your Summer Caravan will be held at Marquee Mall Pampanga on April 29 to May 1, Abreeza Mall Davao on May 6 to 8, and Maxilom Cebu on May 20 to 22.

BREVILLE® an Australian innovation since 1932 offers products with quality attested by many food experts all around the world. With one BREVILLE® product, you can definitely do exciting things. What more if your kitchen is equipped with a whole lot more? So what are you waiting for? Head to the mall, join the caravan and Breville-lize your summer! Continue reading

Matstone: Designed For The Perfect Juice + More


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As we advance in age, our bodies’ defense mechanism weakens. Most cannot afford to exercise anymore or go on a diet for several reasons, which explains why we are always sickly that even common ailments can quickly hit us.

Therefore, we feel gloomy and depressed whenever a loved one who’s in his or her twilight years suddenly becomes unwell and ailing. However, there are emerging measures to help prevent ailments from hitting you or if you do get sick, can help you recover in a fast and healthy way.

One of these is “slow juicing,” a process of extracting juices of its vital nutrients that are needed to strengthen our bodies, help improve our immunity, for the sick to recuperate quickly and overall provide for better health.

“Slow juicing” slowly and gently presses the fruit or vegetables to extract all the natural juices that are full of vitamins and minerals. And more importantly, taste is retained so what you’ll get is all-natural juice that’s great-tasting, too.

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