A new, state-of-the-art laparoscopy camera, the Olymus Visera 4KUHD has been installed at Hammersmith Hospital, enabling more complex laparoscopic operations for hepatopacreaticobiliary (HPB) care to be completed.

The camera is the first of its kind and the new benchmark of surgical endoscopy second only to the Da Vinci Robot. With ultra-high definition and magnified visualisation, the camera offers a much clearer picture, improving the accuracy and safety of laparoscopic surgery.

HPB is regarded as one of the most complex fields in surgery. As a result, there are very few centres in the UK that can treat such complex and challenging cases either laparoscopically or robotically, with many treatment options based around open surgery. Providing laparoscopic, and therefore minimally invasive, surgical options leads to shorter hospital stays and a much reduced recovery time for our patients.

Professor Long R Jiao, chair of HPB surgery at Imperial College and honorary consultant surgeon at Hammersmith Hospital, is one of a small number of surgeons who have spearheaded the implementation of laparoscopic and robotics in HPB surgery in the UK. He has performed a large number of laparoscopic liver and pancreatic resections including the first robotic whipple’s procedure (to remove pancreatic tumours) in the UK. The new camera will enable Professor Jiao to offer more of this innovative laparoscopic surgery including major liver resection.