A 52-year old man suffering from cancer became the first patient in Britain to have his prostate removed with the help of a robotic surgery.
Stuart Ellis, who is a resident of Cheadle Hulme, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last month. He underwent a surgery involving a hand held robotic device called Kymerax at the Stepping Hill Hospital in Greater Manchester.
Kymerax can be used in surgeries for gastrointestinal, urological, and gynecological conditions and is inserted into the body through a keyhole surgery. Dr Neil Oakley, who performed the surgery, said that the device was better than a human surgeon as it is able to do things that are not possible of a human wrist.
"It's the fusion of maintaining the feel and touch during an operation with the greater robotic articulation that makes it so special. This robot can do things not physically possibly with a human wrist and gives you the best of both worlds", Dr Oakley said.