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08.10.13

Robotic surgery for Sheffield trust

Surgeons at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be able to take advantage of the latest robotic surgery. A new da Vinci Si robot will allow surgeons to perform delicate and complex surgery, compensating for the natural tremor in the human hand. 

Surgeons control the robot with joysticks and foot pedals, using a 3D HD camera and specialised instruments to perform operations. The technology results in improved outcomes, shorter recovery times and reduced hospital stay for patients. 

The robot will be installed at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and initially used by urology surgeons. 

Kirsten Major, director of strategy and operations at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is fantastic news for patients in South Yorkshire as we can now offer world-class robotic surgery to treat prostate and kidney cancer. This represents a major investment in patient care and ensures that Sheffield remains as a leading centre of clinical care within the UK. Patients having robotic surgery can expect to recover a lot quicker and will hopefully have fewer complications and a good surgical outcome, so we are incredibly proud to be bringing this gold standard in patient care to the region.” 

David Throssell, medical director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “The da Vinci robot has an excellent safety record and makes the most of the surgeon’s skills to perform delicate and complex operations. Surgeons using the equipment will also be given extensive training in its use, and we hope that Sheffield will be become a centre of robotic surgery training in the future.” 

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Comments

Dave Fletcher   11/02/2014 at 16:43

Wow,I have prostate cancer and have been told surgery would be a good option.I live in Doncaster in the catchment area of Royal Hallamshire. Really hope I can be considered to make use of this fantastic piece of kit along with the great expertise of the surgeons there.

David Fletcher   08/05/2014 at 10:18

Finally had robotic prostatectomy end of April 2014.Many thanks to David and his team for an expert job well done.Also thanks to all staff at RHH who were so kind and caring,they made my stay quite comfortable. Warning to all Politicians-keep you hands off our Wonderful N.H.S.

Dave Fletcher   16/06/2014 at 21:45

Had my post op PSA test result from my GP today-normal !!!!!! yes,get in there!!!!! Many thanks again to David and his team.Also to brilliant staff at RRH.

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