The benefits of robotic assisted surgery versus conventional surgery are well catalogued. Reduced trauma to patients that can lead to quicker recovery and better experience, fewer days spent in hospital freeing up much needed capacity including Intensive Care Units and High Dependency Units, less physical stress on surgeons, potentially extending their working life, and procedures being performed on high-risk patients or patients with complex conditions where open surgery would not be an option.
The use of robotic assisted surgery is also increasing, and it is now commonly used in areas including urology, colorectal cancer surgery, upper GI and general surgery. Of course, the technologies are very different, but the benefits of using them are broad and resonate across the NHS, and wider healthcare systems. The impact of robotic assisted surgery on operational efficiencies within hospitals will therefore continue to develop and will be an important factor to consider as th