Patients with urological and throat cancers being treated by Imperial Private Healthcare are benefitting from the installation of a da Vinci X surgical robot at Charing Cross Hospital. The latest generation robot will enable more patients to benefit from keyhole surgery.

The da Vinci system improves upon conventional keyhole surgery in which the surgeon is stood at the patient’s side and uses hand-held instruments. Sitting at a master control console, the surgeon controls the system’s robotic arms, equipped with jointed ‘wrists’ which exceed the range of motion of the human hand, while also reducing tremor.

This enhanced dexterity, along with the 3D high definition visualisation permitted by the da Vinci’s cameras, makes it possible for surgeons to perform more minimally invasive procedures, leading to speedier recovery and an earlier discharge from hospital for many patients.

The technology will allow complex procedures to take place with minimal invasion, meaning less blood loss and less pain for patients and, frequently, a shorter hospital stay.

The da Vinci system is also set to improve outcomes for patients undergoing treatment for throat cancer. The robot’s greater precision allows throat surgery to be approached through the mouth, speeding up recovery and avoiding disfiguring scars.