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Papworth Hospital Foundation Trust

Thoracic surgery innovation hailed at Papworth

SERVICES: Surgeons at Papworth Hospital have become the first in the world to use new technology which allows them to control scopes used in keyhole thoracic surgery.

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The ‘FreeHand’ robot scope holder is controlled by a lightweight head controller worn by the surgeon, which puts them in direct control of the position of the scope during operations. Normally a member of the surgical team has to manually hold and operate the scope.

Thoracic surgeon Aman Coonar said the thin scope is inserted through a small incision to give him views of the patient’s chest during keyhole surgery. He has been using the new equipment since June. 

‘It gives a very steady image. I can also continue to operate without having to take my hands away from the instruments or guide an assistant. For appropriate cases, no assistant is needed, and there is no scope-wandering or shake. The improved view quality is also becoming more important with high definition viewing systems.’ he said.

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