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Hospital robot helps treat radical prostatectomies

A new robot has been brought in to treat Radical Prostatectomies at Derriford Hospital.

An open day for patients, carers and members of the public is being held today to showcase the work of the new robot.

The da Vinci robot has been in operation at the hospital since April 2015 and has been used around 20 times already.

It's hoped 150 patients will be treated each year using robot-assisted surgery.

How does it work?

  • Small incisions are made and used to insert miniaturised wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera.
  • With the surgeon seated at the console, they can view a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site inside the body.
  • At the same time, the robot translates the surgeon’s hand movements into precise micro-movements of the da Vinci instruments.

The da Vinci robot cost around £1million, of which £125,000 was kindly donated by The Chestnut Appeal.

This robot finally allows patients in Cornwall and Devon to have equal access to the gold standard treatment for prostate cancer. Patients from Cornwall have previously had to travel to Bristol for this treatment. Having the dual console, which is not standard in all machines, will set us up to be a beacon centre for robotic training.

– Ali Ramsden, Consultant Urologist at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Credit: Derriford Hospital