Robotic-assisted surgery now available in Southend for urology patients
20 February 2020
Ambitious plans to improve the treatment and care of urology cancer patients have been realised after Southend University Hospital purchased a state-of-the-art robot that gives surgeons more precision when performing prostatectomy procedures.
From January 2020 all suitable patients from
across the Essex Cancer Network can have robotic-assisted
prostatectomy at Southend University Hospital.
Consultant uro-oncological surgeon and robotic surgical lead, Mr
Casey, said: "This expands the availability of robotic surgery to
cancer patients. Prostatectomy patients will be seen quicker and
closer to home because they will no longer need to travel outside
of mid and south Essex for robotic surgery."
Working alongside Mr Casey is consultant uro-oncological surgeon
and robotic prostatectomy lead, Mr Abd-Alazeez, who added:
"Improved recovery times will reduce length of stay and
post-surgery benefits can include less blood loss reducing the need
for transfusion and also less postoperative pain. Robotic surgery
can also benefit patients through a faster return to continence and
Clinical director for surgery and consultant urological surgeon
at Southend, Mr Sampi Mehta, was quick to point out the benefits of
having a dedicated robot at Southend.
Mr Mehta said: "This exciting investment goes towards fulfilling
our ambition to provide best-in-class facilities and treatment for
cancer patients across the Essex Cancer Network. Our investment
will improve patient outcomes and experience while also enhancing
training opportunities for existing staff and attracting new staff
to the hospital."