West Midlands builder undergoes robotic heart surgery

23 October 2012

A father from the West Midlands has become one of the first patients in the UK to undergo a pioneering form of heart surgery.

Paul Whitehouse, a self-employed builder from Huntingtree Road, Halesowen, was tended to in the operation by a Da Vinci robot.

Halesowen News reports that the operation involved the use of four robotic arms in order to carry out open heart surgery at New Cross Hospital, in Wolverhampton.

Up to now, the robotic heart surgery technique has only been made available at two other hospitals across Europe – one in Sweden and another in Finland.

The technique is known to reduce recovery time from months to just weeks, due to small incisions being made instead of cuts through the breast bone.

Mr Whitehouse, who is now recovering at home with his wife Lisa and children Freya, 12 and Aiden, nine, commented: "It surprised me how quickly I've recovered - it has been a complete success."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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