Another surgery first

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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 ...

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 ...

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