A “next generation” British-made robot will perform surgeries for the NHS in a European first.
The robot, called Versius, is hailed as a huge “leap forward” and is designed to make surgery less painful for patients.
Built by Cambridge-based start-up CMR Surgical, it will also allow surgeons to perform for longer periods due to reduced fatigue, as it can be operated sitting down.
It comes after the Telegraph revealed last year that three quarters of surgeons have suffered back pain due to carrying out procedures by contorting themselves into awkward positions for hours at a time.
One in five surgeons from a poll of more than 450 warned they could be forced to retire early.
Versius is designed to perform keyhole surgery , also known as minimal invasive surgery or laparoscopy – a complicated procedure that involves surgeons operating on patients through a small incision made on the body.
The robot has three arms that move in a similar manner to humans arms. They are controlled by surgeons using a remote control device connected to a screen in the operating theatre.
The screen gives doctors a precise view of their movements by displaying the part of the body they are operating on.
It has been introduced at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, where surgeons have operated on almost 30 patients at the colorectal unit since November, and the Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust in Buckinghamshire.
Doug Speake, a consultant colorectal surgeon at NHS Lothian, said his team spent "a number of days" getting to grips with the robot but faced "no challenges" in learning how to use it.
"We wanted a robotics programme here because we believe that robotics surgery is the next big revolution or technological step forward," he said.
Alastair Campbell, an 81-year-old professor of medical ethics, was operated on with the robot at the Edinburgh hospital after doctors identified abnormal tissue growth which could have been a sign of very early stage colon cancer.
The robot was used to remove a section of his colon, which was then rejoined in the procedure. According to Prof. Campbell, the process that would be carried out by the surgeons using the robot was "fully explained and he was "very happy" to give it a go.
"I watched a video which explained how it worked and the benefits," he said.
"The scars were very small and they have all but faded already. There was a bit of post-operative pain, of course, but it was controlled very quickly and effectively."
The NHS has previously used robots for surgery as Intuitive Surgical, a US robotics firm, has operated its da Vinci surgical system in more than 70 NHS hospitals since 2001. But the rollout by CMR Surgical marks the entry of the first British-made robot to the health service.
Lord Prior, NHS England chair, said: "It's fantastic that the NHS is the first in Europe to use the next generation of surgical robots, and yet another example of how the NHS is teaming up with Britain's excellent engineering sector to deliver world class care."
Mark Slack, chief medical officer at the firm, first started meeting surgeons at the Edinburgh hospital in the summer last year, working closely with them to ensure a "very strict protocol" was followed for each operation.
"What we’re ultimately hoping to show is that these patients are having minimal access surgery over a shorter stage, with lower complication rates, less return to hospitals," he said.
CMR Surgical did not disclose how much the robots cost, but said that hospitals can make a single, upfront payment or sign a lease to loan the robot for a five to seven year period.
It has previously signed commercial deals with buyers in Europe and India.
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