A cancer patient, Ken Harries, 61, has become the first person in UK to get a robotically constructed bladder. This procedure is known as a radical cystectomy and neo-bladder and was carried out by carried out by Southmead Hospital consultant urologists Edward Rowe and Anthony Koupparis.
Surgeons at Southmead Hospital in Bristol removed his bladder through five small incisions and replaced it with the bladder which was constructed from Ken's own bowel tissue with the help of a robot called Da Vinci. This robotically created neo-bladder functions almost as a normal bladder does.
Dr. Rowe said, "Traditionally this is a major operation with a large incision but we hope that by using this minimal access route we can decrease the trauma to the patient. This enables them to obtain a faster recovery and return to normal activity."