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da Vinci© surgery

Robotic surgery

This minimally invasive laparoscopic technique allows surgeons to make smaller cuts and more precise, delicate movements

About

This robotic alternative to open surgery and conventional laparoscopy can treat many conditions. It causes less damage to surrounding tissue, nerves and vessels so you'll feel less pain and discomfort. A da Vinci© surgery procedure should take two to three hours, depending on the type of treatment. This treatment isn't suitable for all types of cancer. Please speak to your oncologist for further information.

Need to know

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    The procedures performed using a da Vinci robot, are the same as conventional surgery using surgical laproscopic instruments. The surgeon however uses a special console, with enhanced visual equipment, to control a set of robotic arms that manipulate the laparoscopic equipment. Using a robot to perform the same actions of a surgeons hands in conventional surgery, allows the surgeon to perform more precise and intricate movements, as the robotic arms can perform 360 degree movement and hinge in a way a surgeons hands can't.
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    Your consultant will let you know exactly how to prepare, depending on the treatment you're having. If you're having general anaesthetic, your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking leading up to the procedure. Before the procedure you might have a CT scan to generate an image of the area to be operated on. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    With robotic surgery you generally have a faster recovery time than you would with traditional surgery. This means you'll have a shorter hospital stay. You might feel some pain and discomfort after your procedure. This will depend on the type of surgery you've had. If you do feel any pain you'll be prescribed pain relief medication. Your consultant will let you know exactly what you can expect after your procedure. They'll also let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work and exercise.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 
Robotic-assisted surgery

Using the latest robotic technology

Our London Bridge Hospital has been the latest hospital in the HCA UK group to set up a surgical robot for use across a number of service line. The da Vinci ® Xi™ system is fully integrated in the hospital theatre at the Private Care at Guy's Centre.


The da Vinci® Si™ surgical system at the Princess Grace now has integrated fluorescence imaging capability providing real-time, image-guided identification of key anatomical landmarks using near-infrared technology.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics. 

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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