'WORLD-CLASS' surgery with the help of robots has been introduced at Wycombe Hospital.

Surgeons at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust have started using the 'cutting edge' robot to perform Urology and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery.

The robot, named the Da Vinci Xi, is something often limited to larger or private hospitals but has been introduced at the trust in the past month.

The robot, which features multiple arms and a high-quality camera, is controlled by the surgeon via a console.

It has a wide range of movements, is based on a stable platform and can even bend its instruments. This means that surgeries are performed with greater precision, causing even less tissue damage than keyhole surgery. This in turn can mean less pain and shorter hospital stays for patients.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Consultant Urological Surgeon Rob Gray said: "Imagine giving a surgeon an extra set of very stable, very dexterous hands. In a nutshell, this is what the robot does.

"Currently surgical robots are mostly limited to large teaching hospitals and private hospitals in central London, so we are thrilled to be able to offer this world-class surgery for our patients right on their doorstep in Buckinghamshire.”

All surgeons at the trust are currently being trained to use the Da Vinci Xi robot. Training is also underway for Colorectal and Gyanecology Cancer Surgery to start robotic surgeries this month.