BDRF funds work into robotic-assisted surgery research

We are pleased to announce funding for two projects investigating work into robotic-assisted colorectal surgery.

These grants have been very kindly supported by Intuitive Surgical and see BDRF once again pushing the boundaries of research and innovation.

The first project is being led by Mr. Muhhammed Imran Aslam at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and is titled:

“Comparison of surgeon stress and fatigue for conventional laparoscopic vs. robotic-assisted laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery: multicentre analytical study”

Surgeon’s performance during surgery is negatively influenced by mental workload, stress and physical fatigue with the potential to compromise the quality of surgical practice and patient safety. To analyse stress and fatigue experienced by the operating team in different modalities of bowel surgery conventional keyhole and robotic-assisted keyhole surgery), this study will use a combination of objective and subjective assessments of stress and fatigue.

The second project is being led by Miss Deena Harji at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is titled:

“The Colorectal Mastery Project – Objective Assessment Tools to measure Robotic competency in Colorectal Surgery”

The aim of this project is to develop a portfolio of online, procedure-specific tools for use in robotic colorectal surgery, with the development of objective assessments tools in right hemicolectomy, low anterior resection and abdominoperineal excision of the rectum.

Deena comments;

We are delighted to receive this funding, which will enable us to assess how colorectal surgeons train in robotic surgery and become proficient in complex operations. We hope by improving robotic surgery training we will be able to standardise the training pathway for defined procedures with the aim of reducing technical error and variation in practice.’

Peter Rowbottom, CEO of Bowel Disease Research Foundation comments ;

“Once again we’re pushing the boundaries of research and engaging with some of the leading professionals and industry partners in the field of coloproctology. We’re very excited about following these projects as they develop and the impact that they will make to clinical practice and patient care.”

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