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Celebrating one year of robotic-assisted surgery at King’s

08 May 2024 - It’s been one year since our first Robot Assisted Surgical System wheeled into the Trust’s Denmark Hill site, funded by King’s College Hospital Charity.

Since then, King’s skilled surgeons have performed over 236 robotic operations, helping people in our local community who need surgery to recover faster and feel better.

Robotic-assisted surgery has transformed how patients receive care, from experiencing less pain to enjoying shorter recovery times and reduced hospital stays. But it’s not just patients who reap the rewards; surgeons also gain better visualisation and precision during procedures.

“Having robotic surgery completely eased my worries around the procedure. The surgeon was in full control of the operation the whole time; the only difference was that the robot gave the surgeon better precision. That really put my mind at ease.”

Kenneth, King’s robotic surgery patient

Thanks to generous donations and gifts in wills, King’s College Hospital Charity were able to contribute £1 million to this transformative piece of equipment.

Amyn Haji, Clinical Lead of Robotic Surgery and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“It has been a fantastic first year for our robotic surgical programme at King’s, and I am delighted, especially for our patients who are now able to recover and go home much sooner. I couldn’t be prouder and more grateful to everyone involved and to King’s College Hospital Charity in particular, without whose support it would not have been possible. This is an exciting start for robotic surgery at King’s, and I look forward to all that we will continue to achieve.”

Iona Joy, Director of Grants and Insight, King’s College Hospital Charity added:
“The surgical robot is a testament to what we can achieve together. By raising money for King’s College Hospital Charity, no matter how big or small your donation may be, you’re helping to bring this transformative technology to life. We simply couldn’t do it without you, and we are deeply grateful for your support.”