Robotic surgeon conducts first prostate snip

Robotic surgery removes prostate for a man suffering from cancer and he is the first Briton to have this surgery.

Kymerax is the device that performed this operation on Stuart Ellis, from Cheadle Hulme that removed his prostate as surgeons at Stepping Hill Hospital in Greater Manchester made use of the handheld robotic device.

Conditions that can be handled with this device are gynecological, urological and gastrointestinal. Surgeons at the Stepping Hill state that doctors can be outperformed by the robot that has an articulated tip.

Neil Oakley, the hospital's leading urology surgeon said, "It's an honor to be the first in Britain to carry out a prostatectomy using this device. It's the fusion of maintaining the feel and touch during an operation with the greater robotic articulation that makes it so special. This robot can do things not physically possibly with a human wrist and gives you the best of both worlds."

The cash-strapped NHS can be benefitted with this device as it is cheap as compared to other robotic surgeons and flexibility is just part of the reason for the attractiveness of the device.