She was one of the first to have an operation with the new technology now being used at Nottingham hospitals.
A robot has performed a hysterectomy on a Nottinghamshire woman. Julie Clarkson, 76, from Southwell, became one of the first people to have robot assisted gynaecological surgery at a Nottinghamshire hospital when she had her operation on Saturday, November 25.
The surgery was performed using the da Vinci robot by consultant Gynae-oncologist, Jafaru Abu, and his team who have been using the new technology in Nottingham University Hospitals over the past few months.
This robot allows complex surgery to be performed through smaller, less intrusive cuts, which means shorter hospital stays for patients as they recover.
Mrs Clarkson said: “It was quite a shock to be told I needed to have the operation, I didn’t really know what to expect.
“When I woke up from it there was virtually no pain at all, it just felt a little uncomfortable around the incisions if I coughed.
“I had two ibuprofens in hospital and since I came home on the Monday morning I’ve had no painkillers at all.
“I’m totally amazed that I haven’t felt what I thought I would feel following a major operation. I’d like to thank Mr Abu and his team for their skill and care, the recovery period following this surgery has been completely fine.”
Because the cuts are less invasive recovery should be quicker, with what would normally take 2-3 days in hospital being reduced to just one day.
The da Vinci robot also has benefits for the surgeon as the operation is performed from a console, reducing the stress of complex surgery and removing strain on shoulder, as well as producing 3D images of the body along the way.
It is named after the famous painter who also had a love of anatomy and automation and may have designed the world's first robot in the late 1400's.
Mr Abu said: “The robot is excellent for minimally invasive surgery in the treatment of early stages of cervical and endometrial cancers.
“It is also useful for fertility preservation surgery for early stages of cervical cancer and for operating on patients with a high BMI.”
To be able to operate the surgical tool, surgeons must have 30 hours of simulation training alongside a two day lab training and observations for the first five to 10 operations.
The team were commended on their performance by Mr Simon Butler-Manual, an expert in the field of gynaecological robotic surgery.
He said: “There is growing medical evidence to show that robotically assisted surgery is the treatment of choice for many women with gynaecological cancers.
“Mr Abu and the Gynaecological Cancer Team at Nottingham Hospitals have prepared very thoroughly for this advance and the first operating live list using the robot went off flawlessly. It will be a very significant development for the women of Nottingham.”
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