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Man given new robotbladder

A CANCER sufferer has become the first person in the UK to benefit from a robotically constructed bladder.

Surgeons at Southmead Hospital in Bristol are removing cancerous bladders through tiny incisions and through the same opening, replacing them with a substitute bladder created by a robot from the patient's own tissues.

Ken Harries (61) was diagnosed with bladder cancer last May and underwent the procedure, known as a radical cystectomy neo-bladder, last October.

The manufacturing manager, from Downside, near Bath, has successfully recovered from the operation to become the first person to have a new bladder constructed robotically, giving vital hope to cancer victims here.