First operation for surgical robot


Published: Thursday 29th January 2015 by The News Editor

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A surgical robot fitted with multiple arms has carried out its debut operation in England, in a technology breakthrough which will make new treatments possible for the first time.

The Da Vinci XI, which is hand operated by surgeons, has the ability to make tiny and precise incisions, replacing some traditional operations which require cutting patients open and months of recovery, with far less invasive keyhole surgery.

Surgeons at the Royal Marsden Hospital hailed the technology as pushing the boundaries in surgery, particularly in cancer care, as they completed the first operation on a patient with a tumour today.

Mr Pardeep Kumar, consultant urological surgeon at the hospital, said: “(The surgical robot) acts as an extension of the surgeon’s hands and allows us to carry out complex surgeries through tiny incisions. It miniaturises the movements of the surgeon who control it.

“Our patient today has cancer of the colon and they’ve had several surgeries in the past. That means usually we would tackle this operation with a large open incision that extends from the ribs right down to the belly button.

“This robot enables us to do that same operation through tiny incisions instead, because of the control and accuracy of it. It means the patient will wake up from surgery with little or no pain and recover incredibly quickly.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for all the surgeons here who are really looking forward to making a difference and pushing forward the boundaries of surgery for cancer.”

Published: Thursday 29th January 2015 by The News Editor

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