First to go under the robot’s knife

Allen Fotherby had pioneering robot surgery
Allen Fotherby had pioneering robot surgery

A cancer patient from Awsworth was the first person in the East Midlands to have his tumour removed by a high tech robot.

Allen Fotherby went under the knife with ‘Davinci’ the robot – a new £2m state of the art piece of equipment at Nottingham City Hospital – taking control.

He said “I was shocked to have heard that robots were taking over surgery.

“But to think I was the first patient made me feel quite honoured. It was an amazing bit of equipment.”

The 50-year-old, who had prostate cancer, was given the option to have the standard keyhole surgery instead if he preferred.

But he said he was ‘unphased by it’ and thought it sounded great.

“My surgeon said it was a cleaner more precise bit of kit, so I thought I’d go for it.

“What he said about it just sold it to me. It didn’t phase me at all that I was the first patient. I thought if anything they would be more careful to make sure everything went okay

“I did my homework, but I didn’t want to watch too many videos on youtube about letting a robot loose on your body!”, joked Mr Fotherby, who lives in Main Street.

The robotic surgery allows an unprecedented level of precision and dexterity, enabling surgeons to cut better and see better than ever before.

Benefits for the patient include less complications and bleeding, a better outcome and a quicker recovery.

Mr Fotherby was diagnosed with cancer in January, and underwent surgery on February 10.

An avid lover of his mountain bike, he is doing a 150 mile bike ride in August to raise money for prostate cancer research.