Private hospital installs surgical robot

Published: 16-Dec-2021

Cromwell Hospital the latest to use the da Vinci Xi Robot for minimally-invasive surgery

Cromwell Hospital has installed a da Vinci Xi Robot to treat patients who need complex surgery.

The robot helps surgeons perform minimally-invasive procedures which speeds up recovery time for patients.

The da Vinci Xi surgical system can be used for gynaecology, urology, general surgery, and colorectal procedures and is the most-advanced of its kind, providing an upgrade for the hospital’s previous model.

It provides surgeons with superior visualisation, enhanced vision, and greater precision, control, and flexibility when operating.

The surgeon using the robot sits at a console in the operating theatre, viewing live 3D images of the patient’s inner organs.

Then, using hand and foot controls, they are able to manipulate the camera system and miniature instruments inside the patient’s body, allowing extremely precise and delicate surgery to be performed through tiny incisions.

There are huge benefits for patients who have robotic-assisted surgery, such as less pain, faster recovery time, less chance of scarring and tissue loss, and less blood loss.

Amer Raza, consultant gynaecologist, said: “Robots are new to gynaecology, and we’re one of the few hospitals in London to use the da Vinci Xi for our gynaecology procedures.

“The accuracy and precision of the robot works really well for keyhole procedures such as hysterectomies, complex endometriosis, and large fibroids surgery.

“And using the da Vinci Xi reduces trauma, bleeding, pain, and scarring, meaning our patients are able to leave hospital and recover from the surgery quickly.”

Philip Luce, the hospital’s chief executive, added: “We’re committed to providing our patients with access to the very best care, equipment, and treatments, and the installation of the new da Vinci Xi demonstrates this.

“Using the system allows our surgeons to perform complex surgeries through tiny incisions, helping our patients to recover quicker and therefore spend less time in hospital.

“We’re always looking for new ways in which we can offer world-class care to support our surgeons and our patients, and I’m delighted the da Vinci Xi allows us to do this.”

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