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New surgical innovations and tools

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Roger Bannister Lecture Theatre, St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington

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Imperial College London is at the forefront of developing cutting edge technologies and approaches to improve clinical outcomes in surgical practice. Researchers at the College have been working with clinicians at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to develop safe, effective and accessible technologies that can reshape the future of healthcare in the UK and beyond.

In this third Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre seminar series, an expert from the Trust will pair up with an academic from the College to talk about the potential and impact of new robotic devices and surgical approaches on patients.

Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, Director and Co-founder of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery at the College, will talk abut his work to develop a fibre optic medical robot that could access the body through tiny cavities and look for early signs of cancer.

The ‘Fibre-bot’ is around the width of a human hair and consist of a flexible hollow optical fibre that is controlled by a surgeon. Professor Yang will outline how the device could ultimately enable surgeons to conduct endoluminal surgical procedures, where the robot is introduced into the body’s natural openings such as the mouth, anus or even through the milk duct to detect and treat conditions such as cancers that affect the breast, throat, lungs and gastrointestinal system in a minimally invasive way. The aim is to improve patient recovery times and ultimately their quality of life.

Professor the Lord Ara Darzi of Denham, Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation and Consultant Surgeon at the Trust, will talk about the clinical impact of new surgical techniques and tools developed in the Surgical Innovation Centre at St Mary’s Hospital on patients.

Professor Darzi, who spearheaded the Centre, will discuss how patients are benefiting from the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery such as robotics and image guidance surgery, and the first Da Vinci robotic programme in the UK, which aids surgeons in performing enhanced remote surgery. The Centre is the one of the leading facilities in the UK in bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass for morbid obesity and it also specialises in scarless surgery for cancer.

Refreshments to be served following the presentations.


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