A surgeon and his theatre team at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust has performed his first procedure using a surgical robot on a patient at Russells Hall Hospital.
Mr Syed Shahzad, a consultant in urology, has performed a kidney removal and a reconstruction procedure using the da Vinci Xi surgical system which cost around £1.5 million.
This technology allows the surgeon to view the operative field in magnified three dimensional, high-definition view, enhancing the accuracy and ability to perform complex operations.
There are many advantages to robotic surgery including a much-improved recovery time for the patient, and accuracy of surgery.
Robotic surgery utilises computerised technology where the surgeon manipulates robotic arms and instruments to perform surgery with enhanced accuracy and degree of movement. The surgeon sits in an operating console from where they control the robotic arms.
Mr Shahzad said, “It is a great milestone in delivering advanced, minimally invasive cancer operations for people of Black Country and beyond.
“This great initiative has enhanced the availability of cutting-edge technology to deliver high quality cancer surgery, clearing the back log and will significantly reduce cancer treatment waiting times in post COVID environment.”
Chief executive Diane Wake said, “This is really great news for our patients across the Black Country, and I am really excited by this development, particularly following the opening of our hybrid theatre last month which combines the operating theatre environment with imaging capabilities.”