Robot operates on East Yorkshire patient

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Published: Tuesday 28th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Medical surgery has been carried out by a robot for the first time ever in East Yorkshire.

The £1.6 million ‘da Vinci’ robot at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham performed a surgical procedure on a male patient with a urological condition.

A donation from the owner of Hull City Football Club, Assem Allam, allowed Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to buy the robot.

Similar robots have performed 1.5 million operations around the world. Mr Allam and his wife Fatima were invited to see the minimally invasive operation that took place on Monday.

The da Vinci robot copies the way a surgeon’s hand moves to make tiny incisions that result in less pain and blood loss for the patient. It also allows them to spend less time in hospital and recover quicker.

Although it is being used on urology patients first, it could soon be used on other patients to carry out both complex and routine procedures.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Tuesday 28th April 2015 by The News Editor

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