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The Wellington Hospital gets the new Da Vinci SI surgical robot

14 October 2010

The first machine of its kind to be installed at a private hospital in the UK

The Wellington Hospital gets the new Da Vinci SI surgical robotThe Wellington Hospital in North London, the country’s largest private hospital, has taken delivery of the latest version of the Da Vinci surgical robot, the Da Vinci SI, which allows surgeon to see 3D/HD images of the surgery site ensuring greater accuracy than ever before.

The £1.5 million super robot, which now has more surgical arms, greater dexterity than the original model plus a new HD dual camera, is based in the hospital’s North Tower surgical complex and will be used for major operations ranging from prostrate surgery, the repair of heart valves, and complex liver and kidney surgery.

Consultant Urologist Barry Maraj said that in some cases Da Vinci SI would shorten the time taken to complete operations.  “This is a fantastic machine and because it is three dimensional and it takes the guesswork out of depth measurement we can be even more accurate,” he said.

“This will mean better outcomes for patients and say for a complex operation such as the reconstruction of a kidney, it may even halve the time.  The machine has a fourth arm and with high definition 3D we can be much more precise in our surgery too,” said Mr Maraj.

Cardiac surgeon Mr Roberto Casula agreed that the machine will take robotic surgery to a new level.  “This is a milestone for robotic surgery and it has enormous benefits for the patient.  We are only operating on soft tissue rather that parting the sternum and opening up the chest with traditional surgical procedures.  The means people recover much, much faster,” he said.

“Operating on the heart – for example, repairing a mitral valve – is far better because the camera on the robot can reach the site without distorting the heart and the new instruments can move in a way that my hands cannot. This is the new gold standard.  With the acquisition of this machine we have the best technology in the best hospital in the private sector,” said Mr Casula.

r Keith Hague, Chief Executive of The Wellington Hospital, said the opportunity to increase the range of minimally invasive procedures at The Wellington had now become a reality.  “We have been waiting for this latest version of the Da Vinci so that patients could have the benefit of the latest robotic technology available anywhere in the world,” he said.

“We have long had an international reputation for the complex treatments carried out by some of the country’s top surgeons and this machine brings a major step change in intricate laparoscopic surgery,” said Mr Hague.

Surgeons and medical teams are now preparing to treat the first patients, using the new Da Vinci SI, in November.

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