HOW HAVE WE IMPROVED OUR MICRO-SURGERY?
By pioneering robotic operations for delicate procedures.
Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer: around 40,000 men are diagnosed with it each year in the UK alone.
A standard radical prostatectomy – having the prostate removed – is a complex operation that has a high risk of incontinence and impotence. However, by using a tiny and highly-sensitive robotic instrument, equipped with a 3D high-definition camera and controlled via a computer, surgeons can remove tumours more efficiently.
This treatment method reduces the risk of the cancer returning, and there is less chance of potentially life-changing side effects.
We are leading the way in advancing this procedure, as Professor Prokar Dasgupta, Professor of Robotic Surgery and Urological Innovation at King’s and Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust explains: ‘For the last ten years, we have pioneered robotic surgery, which improves outcomes for prostate cancer patients.’
Robotic surgery isn’t just used for prostate cancer. Guy’s surgeons use it to remove bladder cancer tumours, perform kidney transplants and carry out plastic surgery procedures.
Thanks to the Guy’s and St Thomas’ charity, Professor Dasgupta and his team were awarded £1.5 million to take robotic surgery forward. He says: ‘We needed to be at the forefront of these developments - at that time, everyone was still performing surgery using cuts. We use the da Vinci surgical system, which is amazing. It has 3D vision, enhanced ten times, tiny wrists, no tremor, and operates through tiny little holes in the skin. It’s completely transformed the way we perform surgery for prostate cancer.
‘We are now celebrating our 10th year and are the highest volume robotic centre in the country. And it’s not just urology – we’re multi-disciplinary, so we do paediatrics, kidney transplants, ear nose and throat and plastic surgery. Our student programme is constantly oversubscribed and we have a fantastic robotics simulation laboratory on the fourth floor.’
The incredible, life-changing work that Professor Dasgupta and his team carry out is only possible because of charitable donations. With your support, the professor’s team can continue to improve patients’ quality of life and give them better outcomes. Please help us continue this fantastic work by donating today