Prostate cancer patients can now benefit from leading-edge robotic surgery as urologists at The James Cook University Hospital now have a da Vinci robot to treat prostate cancer.
It is hoped that the hi-tech procedure will dramatically improve outcomes and cure rates for men with the disease, while reducing the side effects and complications of surgery and the length of time patients have to stay in hospital.
It uses tiny instruments, controlled remotely by the surgeon sitting at a console. The surgeon has the benefits of 3D vision and hand and foot controls to control the micromanipulators, which have a greater range of movement than the human hand.
Robotic surgery allows surgeons to have improved vision and a greater level of precision than the use of conventional surgical techniques.