Nuffield Health Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon, London, has become the first of the charity’s 37 UK hospitals to have the robotic da Vinci Xi Surgical System.
Health systems director Kate Farrow said four patients who had prostatectomy surgeries using the robot were recovering well and the equipment would help the hospital increase its capacity and mean more work for consultants.
‘We are proud to be the first Nuffield Health hospital to have the da Vinci Xi Surgical System available and we are looking forward to providing best-in-class outcomes for more people undergoing prostate, kidney and, in time, gynaecological and colorectal cancer surgeries.’
The system enables surgeons to perform with greater precision, with patients likely to experience less pain and faster recoveries.
Nuffield said over 12m procedures have been performed with da Vinci surgical systems on patients worldwide, and more than 34,000 independent studies suggest surgery with a da Vinci Surgical System can offer patients benefits compared with open surgery.
These can include reduced blood loss; reduced risk of infection; fewer complications; reduced length of stay, and reduced chance of readmission to hospital.
Mr Hasan Qazi
Consultant urologist Mr Hasan Qazi said it transformed the way consultants perform complex surgeries such as prostatectomy, hysterectomy and colorectal cancer surgery.
‘The robotic-assisted system makes it easier to be precise, protecting healthy tissue and enabling faster recovery for my patients. Clinical evidence across the world shows positive outcomes for patients because of the huge advantages the system offers.’