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Prostrate operations have trebled since Bradford Royal Infirmary took delivery of a £2 million surgical robot. The Da Vinci robot, with its inbuilt 3D camera, has meant patients only need to stay overnight after surgery rather than spend five or six days recovering on a ward - and they can get back to work in around four weeks rather than three months. Since the robot's arrival in Bradford in August 2012, prostate operations have increased from 44 to 150 a year. The BRI is also the only centre in Yorkshire to offer the revolutionary procedure to cancer patients needing kidney tumours removed. With robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a nearby console with a 3D view of the area being operated on. computer technology translates their hand movements into precise manoeuvres of the instruments and, reassuringly, if the surgeon's hand develops a tremor, the computer system knows to ignore it. The technology also means surgeons can use finer instruments, reducing damage to the body which reduces blood loss and the need for blood transfusions - meaning patients can recover more quickly. Because the robot is so precise it also halves the need for follow-up radiotherapy (Sept 2014).