Three talented surgeons have performed what is believed to be the first combined renal and bowel cancer surgery in the North West using robotic surgery assisted by the Da Vinci robot. The surgery was performed at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The patient was given pioneering surgery involving a partial nephrectomy, and anterior resection to remove tumours and parts of the patient’s bowel. Robot-assisted surgery is significantly more accurate than conventional surgery, and benefits for the patient include less blood loss, less pain, a quicker recovery, and a shorter hospital stay.
Robot-assisted surgery has been available at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital for 12 months, and can benefit people with cancer from across Lancashire and South Cumbria.