Marie-Klaire Farrugia
Marie-Klaire Farrugia

Our robotic paediatric urology service was launched in March 2014. The very specialised key-hole surgery equipment, also known as the Da Vinci, enables surgeons to perform intricate surgery in babies and children with minimal tissue disruption, thus encouraging quicker recovery with less morphine and pain-killer requirement. The equipment was funded by the Pluto Appeal charity, part of the Children’s Hospital Trust Fund, and the Chelsea & Westminster Trust. The robotic team consists of two general paediatric surgeons, Munther Haddad and Simon Clarke, and three paediatric urologists, Diane De Caluwe’, Marie-Klaire Farrugia and Nisha Rahman. The first cases were performed following a period of intense training on a robotic simulator available in our theatres, and in a specialised training centre at the IRCAD in Strasbourg. We thank our Proctors, Professor Fourcade and Professor Wright for their teaching and support. Urology cases to date have included pyeloplasties, ureteric reimplantations and hem-nephrectomies.

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