Wearside's robot surgeon

A new robot is helping surgeons carry out operations at a hospital on Wearside. The hi-tec machine will cut the time patients spend recovering after surgery and increase the number of operations which can be performed.

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Full report: Wearside's robot surgeon

A new robot is helping surgeons to carry out operations at a hospital on Wearside.

The hi-tech machine will cut the time that patients spend recovering after surgery and increase the number of procedures that can be performed.

WARNING: This report includes video of an operation.

Derek Proud reports.

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In pictures: Sunderland's robot surgeon

The new technology at Sunderland Royal Hospital Credit: ITV

Surgeons at Sunderland Royal Hospital are working with a new robot to perform surgeries. They have described the technology as 'a very exciting development' and at the moment, us it to perform operations on cancer patients.

Surgeons practise using the robot arms Credit: ITV
The new robot at Sunderland Royal Hospital Credit: ITV

Robot surgeon is a 'very exciting development'

A new robot is helping surgeons carry out operations at a hospital on Wearside. The hi-tec machine will cut the time patients spend recovering after surgery and increase the number of operations which can be performed.

The £1.5m Da Vinci surgical robot has been installed at Sunderland Royal Hospital. It carries out real operations and while the Sunderland team master the techniques they are getting advice from a Swedish surgeon who has carried out more than 2,000 operations using the robotic arms.

"It's a very exciting development obviously for the hospital. I think the people who are going to benefit from this are the patients because this will allow us to offer high technology, world class services to our patients. The surgeons are able to operate remotely from the patients so the surgeon is actually at a console away from the patients."

– Damian Greene, Sunderland Royal Hospital

At the moment this technique is used for surgery on cancers such as prostate cancer and kidney cancer.

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