CMR Surgical (CMR), which develops surgical robotics solutions, has announced the installation of its Versius robot at The Wellington Hospital in London.
This is a first for the private sector in the UK, CMR said, with the solution set to be used as part of a multi-specialty robotic surgery programme that could include colorectal surgery, thoracic surgery and gynaecology.
The Wellington Hospital operates as part of HCA Healthcare UK.
Some of the benefits of this type of minimal-access surgery include fewer post-surgery complications, faster recovery times and reduced waiting times. It also reduces the physical burden of hours-long procedures for surgeons.
As a small and modular surgical robotic system, Versius was designed to fit into virtually any operating room without the need to alter existing infrastructure.
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At The Wellington, Versius is initially being used to perform colorectal procedures, including anterior resections and hemicolectomies.
The hospital’s multi-specialty robot surgery programme is set to then expand into thoracic surgery and gynaecology.
Commenting on the installation, Eric Reichle, CEO, The Wellington Hospital, said: “We are proud to be the home to the first Versius robot in the UK private sector.
“All of our investments are in pursuit of providing the patients that we care for, and the consultants that we partner with, access to the highest quality care and latest innovations in medical technology.
“The Versius adds to our already comprehensive robotic offering and Outstanding surgical care, we look forward to continuing our investments in innovation to ensure we remain one of the best equipped hospitals in the UK.”