See a surgical robot that can peel a grape at men’s cancer event

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The south west’s only surgical robot is on show at a special event to raise awareness of men’s cancers.

On September 13, between 10am and 4pm, the public can see a robot in action, and perhaps even operate it themselves.

Southmead Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the UK to have the Da Vinci robot in 2009.

It has carried out more than 600 robotic radical prostatectomy and bladder removals and last year Southmead Hospital was the first in the UK to construct a new bladder inside a patient robotically.

A Da Vinci robot, like the one used in surgery, will be on show in the Learning and Research Centre at Southmead Hospital as part of a special Blue September event.

This video was filmed at last year's event.

Our specialist team of urologists will also be on hand to discuss how it works as well as the latest developments in treating men’s cancers.

Blue September is a national event to promote awareness of men’s cancers.

Representatives from Intuitive, who make the Da Vinci robot, will also be there.

The Da Vinci robot is used to remove the prostates, bladders and kidneys in men who have been diagnosed with cancer.

The surgeons operate surgical instruments on the robotic arms which means they make smaller, more precise incisions and the procedure is less intrusive.

The £1.5 million device is so precise it can peel the skin from a grape.

It has meant that men can recover quicker than ever before and many patients are now discharged home within 24 hours.

Anthony Koupparis, consultant urologist at Southmead Hospital, said: “This is a great opportunity for public, patients, staff and GPs to see how the robot works.

“Bringing a robot similar to our own out of the operating theatre and into a public setting we hope to raise awareness of the advances that we have been able to make in treating urological cancers at Southmead Hospital.”

The Da Vinci robot will be in the Learning and Research Centre, Southmead Hospital, from 10am to 4pm on September 13.