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Urology robot tech first for Harley Street

November 22, 2019

King Edward VII’s Hospital has become the first hospital in the Harley Street Medical Area to introduce the latest da Vinci surgical system, the da Vinci Xi© robot, currently the most technologically advanced robotic system. As well as offering increased flexibility and versatility, the system provides multi-quadrant anatomical access – increasing the range in which surgeons can operate and creating room for more complex and challenging procedures.

Designed with enhanced ergonomics and precision, the da Vinci Xi© robot is at the forefront of surgical technology, with novel architecture, extended instrument reach and integrated auxiliary technology.

It is the first of its kind both at the hospital and within the famous Harley Street Medical Area, London – an area famed for its medical excellence in treating complex and life-threatening conditions.

Kate Farrow, Director of Operations at King Edward VII’s Hospital, said:

“We chose the Xi as we are committed to providing the highest standards of treatment available, and it is the currently the most technologically advanced robotic system. It allows the surgeon to operate on multi–quadrants, meaning that unlike previous models, the range in which a surgeon can operate within the patient is larger and a wider range of complex procedures can be done. We look forward to expanding our robotic programme to include colorectal, general and gynaecological surgery.”

With the addition of its new robotic technology, the hospital has also recently announced a new range of services to provide diagnostics and treatment for a variety of conditions and urological disorders, including pelvic reconstruction; erectile dysfunction; female urology; urinary incontinence; female functional urological reconstruction; kidney stones; male infertility; and prostate, bladder and kidney cancer.

Focal therapy is one of the new services offered at King Edward VII’s Hospital for treating prostate cancer, using High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound (HIFU) or electroporation (Nanoknife). This minimally-invasive treatment is offered to men who have medium (intermediate) risk prostate cancer. The side effects of this type of treatment, which treats only the cancer and a small area around it, are rendered much less than those for traditional prostate cancer surgery or radiotherapy

The hospital has also expanded their team of leading urology specialists with the appointment of new consultants, including Professor Caroline Moore MBBS, MD, FRCS(Urol) – the first woman in the UK to be a Professor of Urology; Professor Mark Emberton BSc, MBBS, FRSC (Urol), MD, FMedSci; Mrs. Sian Allen MBChB, MRCS(Eng), MD(Res), FRCS Urol; and Mr. Paul Cathcart MBBS, MD, FRCS (Urol).

Lindsey Condron, Chief Executive, added:

“We are committed to providing the best care to our patients and having expanded our urology team, we are in a position to offer a complete range of urological services. Our ambition is to be the leading independent urological centre in the UK.”

King Edward VII’s Hospital is one of the UK’s leading centres for urology, bringing together an exceptional multidisciplinary team of consultant urologists – leaders in their specialist field. With the very latest in diagnostic and surgical technology at their fingertips, they work together to provide outstanding personalised, patient-centred care at the cutting edge of modern medicine.

The hospital is located within the world-famous Harley Street Medical Area. Managed by long-term landlord The Howard de Walden Estate, the area is home to a community of world-renowned medical professionals.

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