COMMERCIAL: Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust is to pioneer a hand held robot for reconstructive surgery at its Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.

The tool will, for use on patients with gynaecological prolapse or bowel dysfunction, will be introduced from September. Basingstoke and North Hampshire will be the first site in the UK to use the tool.

The robot, called the Kymerax, is designed to make surgery less invasive. It is portable, which will mean it could be used across Hampshire Hospitals’ two other acute sites.

The instrument costs £300-£400 per device.

Consultant surgeon Christian Phillips said: “Our team is very excited about this latest technology and it’s an honour to be the first in the UK to carry out reconstructive surgery on the pelvic floor using this device.

“It’s the fusion of maintaining the feel and touch during an operation with the greater robotic articulation that makes it so special. This robot can do things not physically possibly with a human wrist and gives you the best of both worlds”.