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Why Robotic Surgery?

A less invasive surgical procedure

Robotic assisted surgery for prostate cancer is a keyhole procedure to remove the prostate gland using a state-of-the-art system. The robotic equipment enables a more precise procedure. Instead of open surgery, the procedure involves making five small incisions.

Robotic surgery is currently used at St George’s Hospital, London.

The benefits of robotic surgery include:

  • Faster recovery time
  • Smaller incisions
  • Reduced blood loss
  • HD and 3D operative view
  • Discharge 24 hours after surgery
  • Securing the future of cancer care

Mr Chris Anderson, consultant Urological Surgeon - St George's Hospital Londons, has been performing robotic-assisted prostate surgery for five years. His unit undertakes over 150 robot assisted operations per year:

"The introduction of our robotic programme reduced the hospital stay. We saw 43% of our patients being discharged the next day. I immediately noticed that my patients had less pain and recovered faster."

The da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few small incisions. The da Vinci® System consistes of several key components, including: an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits whilst operating, a theatre table where the patient is positioned during surgery, interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments.

da Vinci is powered by robotic technology that allows the surgeon's hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of the EndoWrist® instruments working inside the patient's body.

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