Robotic Surgery Simulator

Robotic surgery is the future of surgical treatment for prostate cancer with the potential to dramatically reduce length-of-stay in hospital, time taken to return to work and the productivity of urology surgeons.

It is important that university teaching hospitals such as Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust take a lead in training robotic fellows to perform this complex surgery. Men with prostate cancer in the Oxford region will benefit from this additional man-power and expertise.

The Urology Department is fully equipped with state-of-the-art robotic equipment (da Vinci Si robot, Intuitive Surgical Inc) and performs increasing numbers of robotic operations.

The aim is to make Oxford a leading International centre for robotic training but a vital component of this is simulator training. This enables aspiring robotic surgeons to become familiar with the equipment and key steps of each operation before commencing supervised modular training on real patients.

Funding is being sought to support the purchase of a Mimic Robotic Surgery Simulator FlexVRTM . This is a new generation simulator brought to the market by Mimic Simulation Inc and is future-proofed against new generations and models of surgical robots. It is believed to be the gold standard training for robotic surgeons and will help attract the best trainee surgeons from around the world.