CTM patient among the first in Wales to have robotic bowel surgery

CTM patient among the first in Wales to have robotic bowel surgery

Ann Jones, a patient of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, has successfully received treatment for bowel cancer using robotic surgery – among the first of its kind in Wales.

After receiving a diagnosis of bowel cancer this year, Ann was offered the opportunity to have surgery using robotic technology rather than traditional open surgery. Instead of using their hands to perform the operation, surgeons manoeuvre robotic arms which gives them much more precision and refined surgery.

Colorectal and General Surgery Consultant Paul Blake commented: “Among the major advantages of robotic surgery is the visual accuracy and acuity when operating. Surgeons can see and identify nerves, blood vessels and other vital structures so much more clearly and are therefore able to protect them which helps people avoid some problems which can occur in later life because of the surgery.”

In addition to improving waiting times for treatment, using robotic technology helps to quicken the recovery period for patients. The incisions made are smaller and helps with post-operative pain, which in turn speeds up recovery and a person’s ability to get back to normal life. Ann’s experience was an accurate reflection of this: “I recovered ever so quickly. I came out of hospital without any medication… and I haven’t had to have any since. People who visited me can’t get over how well I look and how quickly I’ve recovered after such major surgery.” Hear Ann speaking further about her experience.

All suitable patients who are diagnosed with bowel cancer are offered the robotic surgery option.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is the latest to join the All-Wales Robotic Assisted Surgery Programme – said to be the only one of its kind in the world. The programme aims to reduce cancer treatment waiting times.

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