A Rawmarsh man was the first person to benefit from a pioneering robotic surgery system - just two weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Trevor Risley was the first person to receive treatment by way of a £1.8 million robot, the da Vinci machine, in Sheffield.
The 63-year old, who was treated for prostate cancer, was discharged the day after his operation, that appears to have been a total success.
Now back in football training, he said he would always recommend the surgery and “can’t thank the surgeons enough.”
The machine is controlled by medical staff who use a console to apply a 3D HD camera that is 10 times more accurate than the human eye. Wristed instruments attached to robotic arms are used for detailed and painstaking surgery controlled by surgeons.
Complex operations can be carried out precisely through small incisions, with the robot cancelling out the natural tremor that is within the human hand.
The prostatectomy operation undergone by Mr Risley involved the whole gland being removed.
But after the operation Mr Risley said his levels of prostate-specific antigen, that indicate the growth of cancer, were the lowest they had ever been.
He said: “I feel so much better now. I’ve got a two-inch scar on the middle of my tummy and that’s it - everything else has healed.
He added: “I was walking the day after the operation. The operation was first-class and I can honestly say I felt no pain. I’m so grateful to still be here.”
The number of radical prostatectomies performed by the da Vinci robot in Sheffield is growing all the time. Further uses for it are to be explored this year in procedures such as hysterectomies, head and neck tumour removal, and bowel cancer surgery.
David Throssell, medical director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The da Vinci robot has an excellent safety record and makes the most of the surgeon’s skills to perform delicate and complex operations.”