Consultant surgeon Madan Jha gave a Stockton audience a glimpse of the leading edge surgical techniques happening right now in Middlesbrough.
Madan, who was appointed to the trust to establish a laparoscopic or key hole bowel surgery service, was invited to give a talk to Café Scientifique Stockton on Tees which meets monthly at Stockton’s Arc art centre.
A surgical specialist in lower bowel and rectal surgery, Madan also took the 70-strong audience back in time to see how medical and surgical treatment has evolved over the past 200 years and described how evolution and revolution in this area of healthcare has vastly improved outcomes for people with bowel or rectal cancer.
He talked the audience through extracts from a filmed procedure where he, sitting at a console some way away from the patient, used the American-designed Da Vinci robot to remove the diseased part of the rectum and to join the remaining rectum with the lower bowel. He went on to explain how this has been helpful in performing tricky operations and underlined its role in improving long term outcomes for patients, particularly their quality of life.
Madan said: “ I was delighted to be invited to show local people the world class surgical technique being used on our doorstep.
“We had a very interesting evening with lots of discussion and questions. I’ve no doubt in my mind the robotics surgical techniques are going to be used much more in the future and it was good to be able to show that we are innovating in this technique here on Teesside.
“In the trust we use the robot for urological (urinary tract) and gynaecology (women’s health) procedures, so hopefully we’ll be invited back to talk about the development this new technique offers in those areas.”
Programme co-ordinator for Café Scientifique Paul Toon said: “Café Scientifique is a world wide movement designed to make all areas of science accessible to the public. We’ve had a branch in Stockton since shortly after the opening of the Durham University Campus at Stockton.
“We have excellent speakers from a broad range of scientific areas and our programme offers something for everyone. We were really delighted that Mr Jha could join us. He certainly provided the audience with a great deal of information about robotic surgery and increased their understanding of what it entails.”
Café Scientifique meets every third Tuesday at 8pm in Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees TS17 6BH. It is open to all. A suggested donation of £4 is invited to enable Café Scientifque to cover its costs and continue its work.