The da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with unparalleled visibility and range of motion far greater than the human hand and wrist. This means more precise and intricate movements can be made during surgery with exceptional accuracy and smaller incisions.  A phenomenal step forward for patient outcomes and recovery.

Hear Dr Kathryn Oakland, Head of Robotics at HCA UK explain why patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery assisted by the da Vinci® can expect to return home faster, with less pain, less trauma and more mobility

How does da Vinci® robotic surgery work?

While procedures vary, the process of robotic surgery typically involves tiny incisions being made and a small 3D camera and surgical instruments placed inside the patient, giving the surgeon a 360 degree view of the operative area. The surgeon then sits at a console within the theatre, using the hand and foot controls to move the robotic arms and perform the necessary treatment.

Compared to traditional techniques, this minimally invasive approach can cause less damage to surrounding tissue and nerves and drastically reduce a patient’s hospital stay and their risk of infection.

Why da Vinci® robotics at HCA UK?

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    Experienced consultant clinical leadership, steered by the HCA Robotics Council.

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    Patient volumes

    In 2020 HCA UK performed over 500 robotic procedures – more than any other UK private hospital provider.

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    Only the most proficient robotic surgeons practise with us. Our rigorous governance process monitors clinical excellence through regular assessment of patient volumes and outcomes and surgical performance and training.

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    Clinical pathways

    Every patient offered minimally invasive surgery will receive specialist care throughout their treatment. From bespoke pre-operative planning to post-operative enhanced monitoring.

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    Multidisciplinary approach

    Robotic surgery is delivered via a multidisciplinary team consisting of consultant surgeons, surgical care practitioners, theatre nurses, fellows and anaesthetists

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    Operational excellence

    We have robotic co-ordinators in each centre to enhance the full capability of our company wide robotics programme.

Our robotic specialists

We work with top surgeons from NHS teaching hospitals who bring decades of clinical experience to deliver the best in robotic surgery. 

Find a robotic surgeon specialised in:

Robotic capabilities across multiple specialties

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    For kidney, bladder and prostate conditions. Common procedures include:

    • Robotic prostatectomy - the international gold standard for surgical treatment of prostate cancer. We continue to see improved cancer outcomes and less nerve damage in patients post surgery. It is widely accepted as the most effective way to surgically treat urological cancer with 75% performed robotically within the NHS
    • Robotic nephrectomy for kidney cancer - 77% of partial nephrectomies are performed robotically within the NHS
    • Robotic cystectomy for bladder cancer

    Available at: London Bridge Hospital, The Princess Grace Hospital, The Christie Private Care, The Wellington Hospital 

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    For treatment of womb and ovarian conditions. Common procedures include:

    • Robotic hysterectomy
    • Robotic removal of endometriosis

    Robotic technology has made hysterectomies far safer and less invasive. By using a robotically assisted laparoscopic technique, the surgeon has a greater view which allows them to be much more accurate throughout the procedure. It also reduces the chance of the surgeon having to convert to an open operation in comparison to a standard laparoscopic approach where visibility may be limited.

    Available at: London Bridge Hospital, The Princess Grace Hospital, The Christie Private Care, The Wellington Hospital

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    For treatment of colon and rectal conditions. Common procedures include:

    • Robotic total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer
    • Robotic colectomy for colon cancer

    Non-robotic surgical techniques can result in patients requiring a colostomy to ensure the safety of the surgical joins. However when using the robot, as the surgeon’s view is so much better, we’re finding that fewer patients need a colostomy. This means in many cases there’s less need for a second operation, and they can avoid living with a stoma.

    Available at: The Princess Grace Hospital, The Wellington HospitalLondon Bridge Hospital, The Christie Private Care 

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    For treatment of liver cancer and pancreas cancer. Common procedures include:

    • Robotic hepatectomy
    • Robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy (also known as a Whipple procedure)

    Available at: The Princess Grace Hospital, The Christie Private Care

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    For treatment of gallbladder and stomach conditions. Common procedures include:

    • Robotic cholecystectomy for gallstones 
    • Robotic fundoplication for reflux disease

    Available at: The Princess Grace Hospital, The Christie Private Care, The Wellington Hospital

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    For treatment of conditions of the mouth and throat. Common procedures include:

    • Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for head and neck cancer, or obstructive sleep apnoea and snoring. 

    The dexterity of the robot means surgeons can locate small growths in the mouth and in the throat without having to perform open surgery via the face to expose the neck. This reduces patient trauma significantly without having to risk damage to nerves or vital blood vessels.

    Available at: London Bridge Hospital, The Princess Grace Hospital 

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    For treatment of chest conditions. Common procedures include:

    • Robotic thymectomy for myasthenia gravis or thymus tumours
    • Robotic lung surgery for lung cancer

    Traditionally, thoracic surgery would be performed through a large cut to the chest which can be incredibly uncomfortable. As the chest is always moving, healing and recovery can be challenging – with intense physiotherapy and rehabilitation required.

    By reducing the size of the cuts through robotic surgery, patients’ pain relief is much lower, their rehabilitation needs are reduced and they can return to normal activities more quickly.

    Available at: London Bridge Hospital

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    Common procedures include robotic gastric sleeve or robotic gastric bypass.

    At HCA UK patients are offered a full two year programme of follow-up care after surgery to provide ongoing nutritional advice and close monitoring of weight loss outcomes.

    Available at: The Princess Grace Hospital


Training the next generation of surgeons

Many of our surgeons visit other hospitals in the UK and Europe to train the next generation of surgeons. Only the top surgeons are invited to ‘proctor’ surgeons who are new to robotics and we are proud to host proctors in urology, gynaecology, thoracic and colorectal surgery. 

HCA UK is the first group of private hospitals in the UK to offer training courses within our theatres. Training includes dry lab and wet lab based teaching, virtual simulations, e-learning, mentored learning and face-to-face training. 

Our specialist da Vinci® robotic centres

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Patient story: Getting back on my feet after a rare thymoma diagnosis

Meet Nick Farrow, who underwent robotic thoracic surgery at London Bridge Hospital. 

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