Sheffield trust first to adopt pioneering 3D heart surgery

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust first in the country to adopt new cardiac approach, which halves patient’s recovery time

Sheffield is the first trust in the country to begin using the 3D Einstein System from B. Braun Medical

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the first hospital in the UK to offer less-invasive keyhole heart valve and atrial cardio fibrillation surgery using a new ground-breaking 3D camera system.

The Chesterman Cardiac Centre at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is already recognised as a leader in heart surgery, but the revolutionary 3D Einstein System by B. Braun Medical will allow surgeons to perform minimally-invasive heart surgery, which often results in patients having improved surgical outcomes, a shorter recovery time and a reduced hospital stay.

The trust started using 2D minimally-invasive cameras over two years ago, and implementing 3D technology is the next development.

The move has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Sheffield Hospitals Charity. The camera is 10 times more accurate than the human eye and with specially-designed instruments. The surgeon can perform complex surgery through small incisions with precision, this means that bleeding is minimised and patients often go home after two days as opposed to the average of seven days.

The operation takes less time than the traditional surgery and therefore the risk of infection is also lower. There is also a reduction in scarring and potentially less post -surgery complications. The equipment will predominantly be used for patients who need mitral valve repair, but it can also be used for other procedures.

Karen Tromans three weeks after her surgery, on one of her first days back at work

Patients across Yorkshire and Humber region, including Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley, Chesterfield and Sheffield are expected to be among the first to benefit from the new procedure.

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 its supporters who have enabled this major development in patient care to happen. It will ensure that Sheffield remains as a leading centre of clinical care within the UK.”

Karen Tromans, a mother of two, was one of the first patients to benefit from the new surgical equipment. She received mitral valve replacement surgery and is well on her way to recovery after a matter of weeks.

The 39-year-old from Hackenthorpe in Sheffield said: “I am awestruck by the treatment I’ve had and the jaw-dropping speed of my recovery. There has really been minimal incision.

“Before the surgery I struggled to get up the stairs, but already I can climb stairs easily. I can’t believe I’m already returning to work just a couple of weeks after the surgery. “

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