Buy Addenbrooke’s a Robot Appeal
The prospect of having an operation can be worrying for many people. How quickly will they be able to get back to normal? Will they be left with a big scar? Will there be a long hospital stay?
A surgical robot can help to make the thought of surgery easier for patients.
Robotic surgery is a form of keyhole surgery involving small incisions where the surgeon controls a computer-enhanced robot, mimicking the surgeon’s hands and wrist movements, and allowing absolute precision.
It can take months to recover from traditional, ‘open’ surgery but incisions made using robotic surgery are much smaller, reducing the risk of complications and infection, minimising scarring, pain and discomfort and helping patients recover and return home more quickly. Following robot-assisted surgery, patients can be discharged from hospital within a matter of days, not weeks.
However, Addenbrooke’s currently only has one robot which is dedicated to kidney, bladder, and prostate cancer patients. ACT’s new appeal will help fund another surgical robot, revolutionising patient care across six specialities in the hospital including urology, gynae-oncology, gynaecology, lower GI (gastrointestinal tract), ENT (ear, nose and throat) and HPB (Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary – diseases of the liver, pancreas and biliary tree) and improving outcomes for many more patients every year.
Help kidney patients like Michael bounce back after an operation
Kidney surgery can be extremely traumatic for the body. An ‘open’ operation to remove a tumour, for example, involves cutting through the stomach muscles to get deep inside the body. A surgeon may be removing a tiny tumour, but patients can be left with a huge scar. For weeks afterwards, they can struggle to sit up, as the stomach muscles slowly heal.
At Addenbrooke’s, surgeons can use a surgical robot and access the kidney with just a few incisions and with tools that are extremely precise and easy to manoeuvre.
“I was surprised by how quickly I recovered. My family and friends were phoning up saying ‘How’s the patient?’ and I was saying ‘I’m not a patient anymore, I’m absolutely fine!’” – Michael, after robot-assisted surgery
“If you support our appeal, you should feel incredibly proud that you are helping surgeons in your local hospital provide world class care.”
– Mr Siong-Seng Liau, Consultant Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgeon.
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