UK’s London Bridge Hospital, which is part of HCA Healthcare UK, has announced the launch of a Robotic Gynaecology Service for female patients who require surgery.

The new service will be used to treat a variety of benign and malignant gynaecological conditions by offering surgery, using the latest robotic technology, along with traditional laparoscopic treatments.

It also offers enhanced accuracy, decreased infection rates, and brief length of stay and recovery periods.

The service will be carried out under the direction of three robotic consultants, Simon Butler-Manuel, Anil Tailor, and Jayanta Chatterjee.

With the latest addition, London Bridge Hospital will help ensure that patients, living with gynaecological conditions, have access to the latest surgical techniques, including open, laparoscopic, and robotic procedures.

The major advantages of minimally invasive, robotic-assisted procedures with systems such as Intuitive’s da Vinci robot include shorter length of stay, lower risk of infection, less scarring, blood loss, and pain, lower conversion to open rates than laparoscopic, and faster recovery time.

Additionally, the service enables surgeons to perform procedures by providing greater precision and visibility.

It also helps to reduce human error, locating hard-to-detect primary cancer, easier access to the cavities of the body and a view and dexterity that can preserve other structures.

London Bridge Hospital consultant gynaecologist Simon Butler-Manuel said: “I am incredibly proud to be leading the launch of the new Robotic Gynaecology Service at London Bridge Hospital at this critical time, alongside my long-time peers Tailor and Chatterjee.

“Especially with the backdrop of Covid-19, the robot enables more surgeries to be carried out minimally invasively for faster recovery and as brief a stay as possible in the hospital.”

Approximately 90% of benign hysterectomy surgeries can be performed through laparoscopic or robotic surgeries but 60% are still performed through an open bikini line incision.

Moreover, robotic hysterectomies could lead to a lower rate of complications as compared to ones encountered with laparoscopic surgery.