The first group of surgeons are about to begin training to use ESNEFT’s first state-of-the-art robot which will assist with complex cancer procedures.
The £2.5m robot will be installed in Colchester to further enhance minimally-invasive provision in ESNEFT. The robot will allow surgeons to carry out complex techniques with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible with conventional keyhole surgery. Surgeons will be able to control its four arms remotely from a comfortable seated position at a console positioned away from the patient, in turn making operating less tiring and more user-friendly.
Training is being offered to surgeons at both sites, with the first wave due to begin in the ICENI centre from mid-July. The robot will initially be used for colorectal, urological and gynaecological procedures, and is due to begin operating on its first patients in October.
The photo above shows Subash Vasudevan, Trust cancer lead clinician and chair of our robotics steering committee, in the ICENI Centre where the robot is based for simulation training. He is with Ross Angella, clinical territory associate with Intuitive who built the da Vinci robot.