NHS Ayrshire and Arran has announced its first use of robotics to assist with surgeries at University Hospital Crosshouse.
The robot was acquired earlier this year, with surgeons and nurses being in training since then to prepare for its use in real surgical procedures on pre-selected patients.
Dr Inna Sokolova, clinical director and consultant gynaecological surgeon, said: “After many months of preparation and training, I am thrilled we can now offer this novel approach to anyone requiring robotic gynaecological surgery in Ayrshire and Arran.
“It will allow us to offer more advanced surgical procedures closer to home, whilst maintaining the benefits of a shorter stay in hospital and quicker recovery from surgery.”
One of the major benefits of the robot is that it enables small surgical instruments to be inserted into the abdomen and offers live 3D imagery of the site being operated on. This means the surgeon can visualise the patient’s abdomen and use master controls to direct and manoeuvre the instruments with millimetre precision.
Dr Sokolova explained that, in line with the Scottish Government’s Women’s Health Plan, the hospital will be using the robot for endometriosis-related surgery and hopes it will help expand its range of minimally invasive treatments for female pelvic floor dysfunction and reconstruction.
Donna from North Ayrshire, one of the first patients on which the robot has been used for surgery, said: “I am really excited to be receiving this pioneering surgery. Prior to surgery, I was a little nervous. However, the team quickly reassured and explained everything to me beforehand.
“After the operation I was surprised at how well I felt. My wounds are small incisions which are beginning to heal well. A week on from the operation and I can go a small walk to get fresh air. Every day I feel more improvement.”
Chief executive of NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Claire Burden, added that implementing surgical robotics had been priority for the organisation and that is is hoped to both attract, train and retain surgeons and support better outcomes for patients.
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