Pinderfields Hospital, in Wakefield, recently took delivery of a brand new, state of the art, da Vinci X Robot, in their Operating Theatres department.
The new robot, will allow The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s surgical teams to further expand their capacity to provide keyhole specialist surgery for complex, life threatening conditions.
Pioneered by the Trust’s Urology team, the robot will initially be used for patients with cancer, and only concentrate on prostate, bladder and kidney, with a view to rapidly rolling this technique out to other surgical specialties. The Trust’s Colorectal team will also be going on line with the robot in 2019.
The da Vinci robot is a robotic surgical system made by the American company Intuitive Surgical.
Jo Halliwell, Director of Operations - Surgery, Access, Booking and Choice, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This new robot will allow us to perform more complex procedures with a few small incisions and less complications, leading to reduced blood loss and infection, faster recovery times and a reduced length of stay in hospital.
“Our focus is on delivering this fantastic innovative service to our patients, providing them with the highest standard of surgery and the fastest possible recovery time.”
The new da Vinci robot’s features include a 3D camera system enabling a clearer view during the operation. The three robotic arms allow 7 degrees of freedom, which allows more precise surgical dissection, improving the functional outcomes for patients (such as continence and erectile function).
Urology Consultant, Mr Mo Dooldeniya - Consultant Urologist at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are thrilled to now have our very own surgical robot in our theatres at Pinderfields. The new robotic system means in the long-term, it will save time and allow us to see more patients on our theatre lists than we currently do, reducing overall waiting times for patients and ensuring a high quality patient experience.”