are used mainly in a type of surgery known as Minimally
Invasive Surgery, or Keyhole Surgery. This type of
surgery has been introduced recently and allows your
surgeon to perform the operation through small openings
without the need for large incisions. The surgeon
performs such operations using a small tv camera
mounted to telescope-like instrument, called an endoscope
Minimally Invasive Surgery has lots
of benefits for patients. Because the incisions are smaller
you will usually recover much more quickly, perhaps spending
only a few days in hospital compared with lengthy stays and
many weeks recovery. Patients also benefit from reduced pain,
smaller scars, and less likelihood of complications.
In order to perform Minimally Invasive
Surgery, it is vital that your surgeon obtains a clear a steady
view of the internal organs, using the endoscope. Our EndoAssist
is a robotic device that enables the surgeon to do just that,
and so perform delicate surgery more effectively and in many
cases use minimally invasive techniques for operations where
it would not otherwise be possible.
Patients requiring surgery to the brain are also starting to benefit
from the advantages of surgical robotics. Our image-guided PathFinder
system enables surgeons to perform operations deep within the brain,
at the highest level of accuracy.