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Teaching hospitals cut recovery time with 3D surgery


30 September 2015

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Sheffield Trust is the first in the country to use pioneering 3D heart surgery, which means patients can leave hospital up to five days earlier.

Using a 3D camera, as opposed to a 2D one, and specially designed instruments the surgeon can perform complex surgery through small incisions, and patients often go home after two days as opposed to an average of seven days.

Sheffield Trust is the first in the country to use pioneering 3D heart surgery, which means patients can leave hospital up to five days earlier.

Using a 3D camera, as opposed to a 2D one, and specially designed instruments the surgeon can perform complex surgery through small incisions, and patients often go home after two days as opposed to an average of seven days.

The operation takes less time than the traditional surgery, lowering the risk of infection, and reducing scarring and potentially also post-surgery complications.

Dr David Throssell, medical director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is fantastic news for patients in South Yorkshire as we can now offer 3D surgery to treat a number of cardiac conditions. We are very grateful to Sheffield Hospitals Charity and their supporters who have enabled this major development in patient care to happen.”

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals, with over 15,000 staff and over a million patients annually at the five hospitals: The Royal Hallamshire Hospital (pictured); The Northern General Hospital; Charles Clifford Dental Hospital; Weston Park Cancer Hospital; and Jessop Wing Maternity Hospital.

The equipment, the “Einstein System” by B. Braun, will predominantly be used for patients who need mitral valve repair.

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