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Thursday 27th October 2016

Pioneering robotic technology within reach of more UK patients

24th November 2008

Wednesday 26 November will mark the start of an exciting new era in surgery at Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Foundation Trust. As more and more surgeons and operating centres across the UK embrace the benefits of this leading technology it seems that the future for surgical procedures is in robotic hands.

The installation of the da vinci Surgical System at the Berkshire hospital is being celebrated through a unique ceremony which will be attended by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health, Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham KBE.

Lord Darzi’s presence reflects the importance of this technology. He himself is internationally respected for pioneering work in the advancement of minimal invasive surgery and in the development and use of allied technologies including surgical robots and image–guided surgery.

This installation of the ‘da Vinci S Surgical system’ is one of 14  in the UK and will allow a broader spectrum of patients to experience the benefits of the most advanced form of minimally invasive surgery available.

This sophisticated system combines computer and robotic technologies. Due to the refined level of minimal invasive surgery, it boasts a range of potential benefits such as:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Better cancer control
  • Superior nerve preservation 
  • Shorter recovery time

There are also economic advantages for hospitals as shorter recovery time results in:

  • Shorter post operative stays
  • Fewer complications 
  • The ability to treat more complex pathology in a minimally invasive way 
  • Surgeon fatigue is minimised 
  • Surgeon hand tremor is totally eliminated

This form of robotic surgery is suitable for a range of complex procedures particularly in the field of cancer services such as colorectal, urologic, liver and pancreatic surgery, and gynaelogical procedures.

The ‘da Vinci S Surgical system’ is produced and distributed by leading medical manufacturers, Intuitive Surgical.

Murray Nisbet spokesperson for Intuitive Surgical said; “Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Trust is a great example for other medical institutions. British surgeons must continue to be at the forefront of medical services and it is robotic technology that is the future for surgical procedures.”

“Whilst robotic surgery does require investment the benefits to patients are irrefutable.”

“The installation of the ‘da Vinci S Surgical System’ provides long-term saving for health providers in terms of increasing the patient population which can benefit from minimally invasive surgery and drastically reducing the length of hospital stays and post - operative complications which require further treatment.”

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