First robotic liver resection in the UK

3rd January, 2012 8:00
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Charles ImberCharles Imber

Mr Charles Imber started 2012 with a surgery first. In January he successfully performed the first liver resection in the UK using the da Vinci® robotic surgery system.

“The patient had secondary liver cancer due to spread of the disease from their bowel. Normally, removing liver tumours and a good margin of healthy liver tissue means major open surgery and a long recovery. With the da Vinci® robot, we were able to do the surgery much less invasively – it’s a big breakthrough,” said Mr Imber.

Robotic surgery is not the same as laparoscopic surgery, often called keyhole surgery. The liver is a tricky organ to manage ...