Da Vinci training

Operation Robot, the campaign to bring robotic surgery to Wales, was launched in 2012. The campaign aimed to highlight the geographic inequality between England and Wales for prostate cancer treatment and to lobby the government to offer this innovative type of surgery to Welsh patients. At the time of the campaign, Wales did not have a robot whilst England had over 40.

Following a petition and representations from Prostate Cymru, the Welsh Government agreed to fund the £2.5 million Da Vinci robot through their Health Technology fund and with assistance from Cardiff University. The robotic system was installed in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff in 2014.

Prostate Cymru has funded the training of seven surgeons to use the Da Vinci system to treat patients across Wales who opt for robotic prostatectomy as minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer.

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