UK surgical robot begins first gynaecological procedures in NHS hospital

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CMR Surgical has announced that its next-generation surgical robotic system, Versius, is being used for the first time to conduct major gynaecological procedures, including complex cancer cases, in the NHS at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

After an initial use in colorectal surgery, Versius has now been adopted in the UK to offer women needing gynaecological procedures greater access to minimal access surgery (MAS), otherwise known as keyhole surgery.

Since its introduction, Versius has performed over 100 complex surgeries within the Trust across colorectal, gynaecological, and general surgery.

Nidhi Singh, consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Versius represents a massive step forward in making MAS accessible to many more patients.

“A hysterectomy is a major and complex surgical procedure – when performed openly it traditionally requires around five days stay in hospital and many weeks to fully recover.

“We aim to change this for the hundreds of women who undergo these types of surgeries at our hospital every year.

“Through Versius we can enable a much wider use of robotic MAS, allowing us to offer benefits such as faster recovery times, less time in hospital and reduced risk of infection to our patients.”

Within Milton Keynes University Hospital, Versius has been used to conduct a range of gynaecological procedures including hysterectomies, ovarian cystectomies (removal of ovarian cysts) and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomies (removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries).

These procedures are often used to help treat ovarian, uterine, and cervical disease, as well as other gynaecological health issues.

The use of Versius in gynaecology at Milton Keynes University Hospital follows the introduction of Versius gynaecology programmes across centres in India including HCG Manavata Cancer Centre, Galaxy Care Hospital and Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital.

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