Robotic Partial Nephrectomy Live Stream

Robotic Nephrectomy

Surgeons have performed robotic partial nephrectomy live on the ABHI Surgical Simulation at Future Surgery Show 2021.


As we’ve already reported, this week the Royal College of Surgeons of England partnered with the Future Surgery Show at London’s ExCel. One of the highlights was a live robotic partial nephrectomy (partial kidney removal). As the picture demonstrates, the event attracted quite a crowd.

Partial Nephrectomy live

Robotic partial nephrectomy (partial kidney removal) is a delicate procedure used to treat kidney cancer. Advantageously this can spare as much healthy kidney tissue from damage or removal as possible. Furthermore the minimally invasive approach has other advantages including very small incisions. Importantly it gives equal cancer control to that of open surgery and makes for an easier recovery after surgery.

Patients who have a small tumour in their kidney are suitable for a partial nephrectomy. During the procedure, the clinician uses fine articulating instruments to precisely remove the tumour alone and preserve the remaining kidney.

During a robotic procedure, surgeons control the robot’s ‘arms’ from a console. In effect they look down small telescopes on the end of each arm to see inside the four keyhole incisions. The machine provides a 3D HD view while the surgeon operates. It also eliminates tremor and provides an increased range of movement, which leads to more precision and quicker stitching.

Mr Ben Challacombe, Consultant Urological Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ performed the procedure. Using the DaVinci robot he made small incisions to remove part of the kidney, avoiding the larger cuts and scarring associated with more radical surgery.

The exhibition audience watched the live stream via Proximie. This is a technology platform that allows clinicians to virtually ‘scrub in’ to any operating room or cath lab from anywhere in the world.

Clinician comments

Mr Challacombe said: “Robotic partial kidney removal has several benefits for patients over both standard keyhole and open surgery. It means less time in hospital, faster recovery times and less pain. When Surgeons use the robots, they effectively have their hands inside the patient without open surgery.

“We can perform the key part of the procedure in less time using the robot. This reduces the time that blood flow to the kidney is stopped while the tumour is removed. Consequently, there is less damage to the kidney, keeping it functioning better after the operation, and more of the kidney can be preserved.”

ABHI comments

Paul Benton, Managing Director, International at the ABHI added: “We are delighted to have been joined by Guy’s and St Thomas’ at Future Surgery 2021. Our simulated surgical theatre celebrates collaborations between healthcare providers, clinicians and healthcare technology companies. It allows visitors to watch Britain’s best surgeons in action.”

Source: ABHI

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