Posted on: December 20, 2017

Welcome to the Future of Surgery: Robotics

St Mark’s Hospital Foundation’s Surgical Robotics Programme

An initiative of St Mark’s Institute for Bowel Disease

St Mark’s and Research

St Mark’s is currently undertaking a wide spectrum of research and education programmes to develop life-saving, minimally invasive surgery and treatments for advanced bowel cancer and other bowel diseases. This research is built on employing the most advanced systems and technology and this is where surgical robotics features very strongly in our long term strategic plan.


Surgery has improved the survival rate from bowel cancer from 2% without surgery to more than 50% with surgery, yet it is still the second highest cancer killer. To increase the survival rate we must improve surgery and robotic surgery is the next big breakthrough.

Robotic surgery improves the long term quality of life of survivors because it is minimally invasive, causing less blood and tissue loss, and less scarring.

A surgeon sitting by the surgical console which controls the Da Vinci robot which allows for greater accuracy and precision.
A surgeon sitting by the surgical console which controls the Da Vinci robot which allows for greater accuracy and precision.


St Mark’s Hospital aims to provide robotic surgery for bowel cancer initially and investigate its application to surgery for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the medium term.

Robotically assisted surgery lowers the conversion rate. This is due to the operation beginning as a minimally invasive procedure and not converting to an open surgery. Open surgery has a high occurance of complications and long term health problems.

St Mark’s aims to demonstrate robotic surgery improves the survival rate and long-term health compared to open and laparascopic surgery.

By showing that robotic surgery improves the survival rate and long term health outcomes, we will be able to contribute substantially to the national and international uptake of robotic surgery. This will positively influence the national and global treatment of bowel cancer patients.

Creation of a National Robotic Surgical Training and Education Hub at St Mark’s.

To train the future of robotic surgeons: We aim to create dedicated a National Training and Education Hub. St Mark’s Hospital Foundation houses St Mark’s Academic Institute, a national and international centre of education and training excellence. Educating and training over 2,000 doctors from all over the world every year. St Mark’s has the necessary infrastructure to build up excellence in robotic surgical training.


St Mark’s Hospital Foundation has already raised £420,000, including generous contributions from grateful patients. Every donation matters in order for St Mark’s to be able to own a Surgical Robot.  With the help of loyal donors and new contributors, we will meet our target of £2million.

To discuss donating to the Robot please contact Riyah Talati, Trusts and Foundations Manager on 0208 235 4023 or  or Jemima Lubbock, Senior Fundraising Executive on 0208 235 4092 or

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