First colorectal robotic surgery takes place

First colorectal robotic surgery takes place
First colorectal robotic surgery takes place
18 December 2020

Salford Royal’s first Colorectal robotic surgery took place successfully this week.

Using the Da Vinci Xi system, surgeons operate a robot as a tool to perform complex surgical procedures.

Laparoscopic and robotic surgery is a type of operation in this instance performed in the abdomen or pelvis using small incisions with the aid of a camera.

Clinicians have been planning the use of robotic surgery for nearly two years and look forward to using it to aid their treatment of colorectal and gastro-oesophageal conditions.

For the patient, the surgery is less invasive and more precise.  Patients who have received this type of surgery can also expect a shorter length of stay in hospital and a better functional outcome. .

The surgery was carried out in Salford Royal’s newly established designated robotics theatre by colorectal surgeons Mr James Nicholson and Mr David Watson, supported by a wider team of clinical colleagues.

Mr Nicholson said: “This is a really exciting development for us and opens up a new opportunity to offer those eligible patients a type of surgery that could be better for them. As surgeons we want to offer our patients high quality surgery with good outcomes and the use of robotics can help us to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision  and control.”