Saints Stars Support Campaign for New Surgical Robot
Saints stars have pledged their support to a new hospital campaign that could benefit St Helens heart and lung patients requiring surgery.
A new £2 million public fund raising campaign has been launched by Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Charity to establish the UK’s first robotic heart and lung surgery programme, so that more patients needing specialist cardiothoracic treatment can benefit from cutting edge surgery.
Heart disease kills someone every six minutes and it’s estimated that more than 12 million people are living with some form of lung disease.
Saints stars past and present, including Regan Grace, Paul Wellens and Eddie Cunningham, have now given their backing to the campaign and are encouraging others to support the new robotics programme.
Eddie said: “I know from my own personal experience the amazing work that goes on every day at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital for heart and lung patients. Hopefully our support will help them to provide even better and faster care for more patients across the North West.”
As one of the leading specialist cardiothoracic centres in the country, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital sees hundreds of patients from St Helens each year.
Mr Paul Modi, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at the hospital, said: “Whilst we are already a leading centre for minimally invasive surgical procedures, we are at the absolute limit of the numbers that we can help this way with our existing equipment.
“With a robotic surgery programme, we will be able to significantly increase the number of patients who can undergo minimally invasive surgery. Equally importantly, we will also be able to reduce their post-operative pain, lower their risk of infection, and ensure that their stay in hospital is considerably reduced, getting them back to their family and loved ones quicker, which is where they want to be.”
The traditional approach to repairing a mitral heart valve, for example, involves opening the front of the chest and is very invasive, normally requiring a 2-3 month recovery period and leads to visible scaring on the front of the chest.
If the same procedure was carried out using minimally invasive or robotic surgery, the largest incision in the chest might be only a few millimetres in length and the patient’s stay in hospital could be reduced from weeks down to days. Furthermore, their return to normal activities might take a couple of weeks, instead of a couple of months.
Mr Modi added: “The new programme will also enable us to operate on those who are currently considered inoperable because of their health, as there is far less trauma to the body operating through small incisions only a few millimetres in length, rather than the more traditional open surgery.
“This is especially important as we live in an ageing society and more people are living with a number of health problems. Robotic surgery can make a huge difference to their lives.”
Mr Mike Shackcloth, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, added: “Our new robotic programme will not only allow us to provide even better care for our patients, but it will also enable us to develop a training and research programme that will ensure that we can attract the top trainees and consultants in the future.
“Our team have national and international reputations for outstanding care and treatment, and our new robotics programme will ensure we remain at the leading edge of advances in surgery.”
If you wish to donate or find out more about the hospital’s campaign to bring robotic surgery to Liverpool, visit www.lhchcharity.org.uk or call the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Charity office on 0151 600 1409.