Advanced technology surgery centre opens in Semey

NUR-SULTAN – A new surgery centre opened July 14 in Semey. This centre uses hybrid surgery technologies that are unique to Kazakhstan and corresponds to international joint commission accreditation standards for hospitals, reports KazInform.

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“Today, I enjoyed working with modern, high-class equipment in the new surgical room, which has no analogues in Kazakhstan. A hybrid surgery room will improve the availability and quality of the provision of high-tech medical care to the population and treat difficult patients in their own hometown without sending them to other cities or countries,” said surgeon Serik Akshulakov on the convenience of having this centre in Kazakhstan. 

Akshulakov conducted the opening ceremony and performed the first surgery in the centre with the Head of the Neurosurgery Department of the Neurosurgical Centre and the Head of the Department of Endovascular Surgery and Hybrid Operating Emergency Hospital Aibol Maralbayev. Together, they removed a patient’s brain tumour.

The centre has a hybrid surgery technology that allows both open and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical interventions with medical imaging systems, which include magnetic resonance tomography, computer tomography, surgical x-ray systems or C-arcs, ultrasound systems and video navigation systems, in a single multifunctional unit. One unit requires up to 20 workers, including surgeons and nurses, due to the surgeries’ complexity. The centre personnel received additional education in using the technology abroad ahead of the centre opening. Forty-three specialists have undertaken additional education, with 12 more planned to receive it by September.

The centre is planned to host approximately 3,000 surgeries per year and to completely cover the demand for surgeries in Semey and the East Kazakhstan Region. 

“Today, this equipment corresponds to the latest European and American quality standards, and with the support of the Ministry of Healthcare, we hope that within the framework of the guaranteed free medical care, surgeries using the new equipment will be available to residents of the region,” said the Deputy Akim (Governor) of the East Kazakhstan Region Asem Nusupova.

The project cost was 2.3 billion tenge (US$6 million), with the equipment costs being 1.7 billion tenge (US$4.3 million). The state and regional governments funded the centre.