Royal London celebrates 100 robot surgeries

Since the first robotic case in November 2017, the Royal London Hospital has now operated on one hundred patients using an innovative robot.

Over a hundred patients have now benefited from surgery using a Da Vinci Xi Robot, which is being shared across five of the hospital’s teams: Gynae-Oncology, Colorectal, Urology, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) and Hepatobiliary. This has resulted in reduced pain, fewer complications and a quicker recovery. It is hoped that the renal (kidney) transplant team will join the robotic programme later in the year.

Elly Brockbank, chair of the hospital's Robotic Users Group, said: “I am delighted that robotic assisted surgery is proving such a success at Barts Health. It is rare to have so many different surgical teams at one hospital using the Da Vinci robot, and the smooth transition from simple to complex surgical procedures is due to the dedication of all staff involved. We are very much looking forward to the next one hundred cases."

Fiona Miller Smith, chief executive of Barts Charity, which funds the robot, commented: “I’m delighted that Barts Charity has brought a surgical robot to The Royal London, along with one at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. The team are making rapid strides in applying this extraordinary technology to increasingly more cases across more surgical disciplines. It is making a huge difference to patients and staff and is a great example of how the Charity are supporting healthcare innovation.”

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