In 2006, with the help of donations, Addenbrooke’s was one of the first UK hospitals to adopt da Vinci robotic technology.
Professor David Neal, a world authority on prostate cancer, introduced a robotic surgery programme to treat men with prostate cancer. The robotic surgery is incredibly precise and removes the cancerous prostate, leaving only tiny scars. Patients recover much more quickly from robotic surgery and have fewer complications. They can go home the next day instead of spending a week in hospital and are soon back to their normal lives.
Nearly 1000 precious lives have been saved with the help of robotic surgery at Addenbrooke's since 2006 – the highest rate in the UK.
“I was so lucky. When I was given the choice of conventional open surgery at my local hospital or robotic surgery at Addenbrooke’s, it was a no brainer. The care I received was faultless on every level. Within 24 hours I was heading home and back at work three weeks later. I really do owe my life to the amazing da Vinci robot.”
Ian Smith, prostate cancer survivor
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