Being on call for the liver transplant team

24th October, 2013 5:49
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Mr Charles Imber provides an insight into his work with the liver transplant team at the Royal Free Hospital…

It’s 45 years since the first liver transplant was done in the UK and, today, around 650 such operations are carried out in British liver transplant centres each year. Mr Charles Imber, one of the lead surgeons in the liver implant team at the Royal Free Hospital in London, describes what it’s like to be responsible for regular liver transplants.

“I am part of a large team of other surgeons and health professionals who work together to implant a suitable liver into a patient on the recipient waiting list ...

Another surgery first

7th March, 2012 9:00
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Following on from his successful pioneering robotic liver resection in January 2012, Mr Charles Imber has just become the first UK surgeon to perform a robotic pancreatic resection. The operation to remove the pancreas from a patient with pancreatic cancer took place in March 2012.

Like liver surgery, certain experts have performed laparoscopic pancreatic surgery and achieved good results. This was, however, a major resection of the pancreatic head with the duodenum which then required a complex reconstruction of abdominal organs.

“We feel that the technological advantages that robotic surgery can provide can increase the s ...

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