A surgical team at Guy’s and
Surgeons used a state-of-the-art robot called da Vinci to help remove a patient’s kidney before transplanting it to her partner using conventional open surgery.
The robotic operation was performed by a team including surgeons Prokar Dasgupta and Nizam Mamode from Guy’s and
The da Vinci robot is one of only two in the
The robot’s small wristed instruments can move in all directions to allow surgeons to perform highly complex procedures. It also has a three dimensional camera which is placed inside the patient’s abdomen, allowing surgeons to see exactly what the instruments are doing.
Mr Prokar Dasgupta, the consultant who leads on robotics at Guy’s and
“For example in robotic bladder and prostate operations we are finding that the increased flexibility and visibility the robot allows helps make the operation more precise and we can do more complicated surgery through the tiny keyhole incisions. So far, most of these patients have had much smaller scars and leave hospital earlier, getting back to normal daily activities more quickly.”
The da Vinci robot, which is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, was purchased thanks to a grant of over £1million from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and is being used to perform a wide range of operations at Guy’s and St Thomas’.