Our Cancer Robot
Introducing the robot…
We are the first hospital in the North of England to have secured the latest advanced robotic surgical system, which is already improving outcomes for patients from Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The robot can bend and rotate 360 degrees, making it much easier for our surgeons to access parts of the body that are difficult to reach, and undertake complex procedures using keyhole incisions rather than open surgery, reducing the risk of complications and enabling a speedier recovery.
Thank you to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation who undertook a fundraising campaign to pay for the robot.
What our patients say…
Lynda Prescott, a womb cancer patient who also has a high BMI was treated by the cancer team using the robot. Lynda said: “I have nothing but praise for all of the staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. I can’t thank them enough for the care that I received. They were open and honest with me throughout the whole process, and explained everything to me which really put me at ease and didn’t make me at all nervous for the robotic procedure. I would especially like to thank Dr Martin-Hirsch who has all of the time in the world for his patients, and is just an absolutely amazing man. My procedure went really well and recovery is going well just a few weeks following this. There could have been a lot of problems as I do have a high BMI, but I’ve only been left with a few tiny cuts so I’m really happy. You’re in real safe hands at Preston Hospital.”
Dale Graham underwent an operation to remove a growth from his stomach using the robot. He opted to go for this revolutionary new type of procedure rather than the more traditional methods because the robotic system helps surgeons to access tumours more easily and patients tend to recover more quickly. He said: “My care was absolutely fabulous! I cannot praise the staff at Preston Hospital enough. I didn’t get to see the robot but I’d like to meet him someday.”
What our consultants say…
Ioannis Peristerakis, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon said: “We are extremely grateful to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation for raising funds to help us purchase the most advanced surgical robot to our hospital. Patients from throughout the region now have the opportunity to receive surgical treatments of the highest quality, using cutting edge technologies. We are delighted with the initial outcomes of robotic bowel surgery, showing significant improvement in the speed of recovery.”
Bachar Zelhof, Consultant in Urology said: “The robot allows the surgeon to have a three-dimensional view of the surgical field with greatly increased magnification using fine articulating instruments. Thanks to these robotic features, many kidney cancer cases that were previously being done as a complete kidney resection are now performed as a partial resection with kidney preservation. This allows not only complete removal of cancer but also maintaining kidney functions which helps patients to return to their daily lives with a minimum of inconvenience, despite having undergone major surgery.”
Pierre Martin-Hirsch, Consultant Gynaecological Cancer Surgeon said: “Robotic surgery brings gold standard surgery to the cancer centre and it’s already having a positive impact on our gynaecology patients.”
Tarek Salem Hany, Consultant in General Surgery said: “We are already seeing marked reduction in hospital stay thanks to the precision provided by the robot technology. It is yet another piece of absolute commitment by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals in providing the highest quality of care to patients in Lancashire and North Cumbria.”
Arnab Bhowmick, Consultant in General Surgery said: “Most people associate cancer treatment with radiotherapy and drug therapy; however surgery is the definitive treatment for the majority of patients. As the cancer centre for Lancashire and south Cumbria, it’s vital that we can offer patients the latest techniques and treatment. The robot allows us to provide lifesaving treatment for patients who may not be suitable for more traditional surgery. It’s less invasive, so risk is reduced and recovery is quicker. And it’s amazingly precise so it’s highly effective. The entire surgical team has embraced this technology and everyone is keen to be trained so they can provide the best option possible for their patients.”