Hospital pioneers robotic surgery milestone

28th August 2019

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A man from Wales has become one of the first people in the UK to undergo robotic heart surgery at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.

Owen Veldhuizen, from Llandudno, underwent the pioneering procedure to repair his mitral valve – between the left atrium and left ventricle – and returned home within 48 hours.

The 51 year old admitted: “I was a little bit nervous when they told me that I would be one of the very first patients in the country to undergo this type of robotic heart surgery, but as soon as they explained the benefits of the procedure and told me how quickly I would recover and be back at home, I felt reassured and was confident I was in the very best and safest hands possible.”

With its team of newly-trained robotic surgeons, the trust expects to carry out 250 to 300 heart and lung cases in the first year. Mr Mike Shackcloth, one of the trust’s robotically trained consultant thoracic surgeons, added: “Our robotics programme will not only allow us to provide even better care for our patients, but it will also enable us to develop a training and research programme that will ensure we can attract top trainees and consultants in the future.”

Mr Paul Modi, consultant cardiac surgeon at the hospital, said the new robotics programme would enable more patients requiring specialist cardiothoracic treatment to benefit from cutting-edge surgery.

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