First robotic neurosurgery has been completed

Posted on 13 Apr 2017 by Fred Tongue

Renishaw, University Hospital of Wales and Cardiff University are celebrating following the first robotic  neurosurgery procedure for epilepsy in Wales.

The new procedure means that patients will spend less time in surgery and have a lower risk of infection.

The first robotic assisted stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) neurosurgery – a procedure which identifies the region of the brain that acts as a source of epileptic seizures – has been successfully completed.

The landmark procedure coincided with an annual conference that celebrates Wales’ position as a leader in the life science sector. Renishaw’s neuromate stereotactic robot assisted surgeon Professor William Gray during the SEEG case, a procedure which uses electrodes to measure electrical signals. A follow up surgery is expected to relieve the patient from the symptoms of epilepsy.

Directorate manager for Neurosciences at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Andrea Richards explained: “This is the first neurosurgical procedure to be carried out with robotic assistance in Wales.

“We are pleased that the collaboration between clinical services, the BRAIN Unit and Renishaw has enabled a number of improvements to be made to patient care. Neurosurgical patients will now spend less time in the operating theatre, have a reduced risk of infection and benefit from improved surgical outcomes.”

Dr Abed Hammoud, CEO of Renishaw Mayfield SA (Switzerland), added :“We are delighted to hear that our expertise in technology and engineering contributed to a positive result at the University Hospital of Wales, and look forward to working closely with the neuroscience department to deliver best possible outcomes for patients in Wales.”