Robotic surgery, or da Vinci surgery, has been shown to be the most effective, least invasive surgical treatment option available today. It’s an innovative step up from laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, and has a huge range of benefits to the patient, including less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery time and less scarring.
Importantly, it offers all the advantages of keyhole surgery without any of its limitations. The enhanced 3D HD vision and miniaturised, wristed instruments used in robotic surgery offer a degree of precision and delicacy unmatched by any other form of surgical approach. Surgeons across the world have abandoned standard open and laparoscopic approaches in favour of robotic surgery, with higher levels of skill acquired much more quickly. This means that huge caseloads are not required before reaching the best outcomes and surgical complications are minimised.
Peter Cooke switched to robotic surgery in 2011, convinced of the superiority of robotic surgery in the UK over standard laparoscopic surgery and his own results show higher cancer clearance rates and better return to full urinary continence. Patients undergoing prostatectomy spend only one night in hospital, and for cystectomy less than a week. Faster recovery at home means a faster return to work and leisure activities.
Peter is the first surgeon in any speciality to offer daVinci robotic surgery in the Midlands region. In 2010/11 he led the introduction of robotic surgery at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, and through his clinical vision, leadership and commitment to surgical excellence has set the standard in surgical precision for other surgeons to follow.
Appointments for robotic surgery assessment and treatment for patients with a wide range of urological conditions are available in prestigious private hospitals located in Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
Robotic Surgery - Prostatectomy Overview
Surgery with da Vinci does not place a robot at the controls; the surgeon is controlling every aspect of the surgery with the assistance of the da Vinci robotic platform. This video shows how the da Vinci system works and will provide you with some insight into its dexterity and precision.
Please visit our resource page to download an information leaflet giving full details of the benefits and risks of surgery.
Bladder Suturing using Robotic Surgery
The video below shows high definition internal footage of the surgeon suturing (sewing) the bladder at the bottom of the picture to the urethra (water-pipe) at the top, after removal of the prostate. A catheter tube is also seen, which has a diameter of approximately 8 mm, indicating the precision of movement achieved.
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