After the Covid pandemic and cancer postponed the young couple’s wedding date twice, the third time is sure to become a “lucky charm” thanks to innovative robotic surgery.
Paul Hutchinson finally married his fiancee Lisa Bamfort at St. John in Lancashire followed by an innovative procedure performed at the Christie Cancer Center in Manchester.
Considered the first of its kind in the UK, it finally allowed the groom diagnosed with testicular cancer to reach the church.
Traditional treatment for cancer that spread to his abdominal lymph nodes would have involved major abdominal surgery that required intensive care, a seven-day hospital stay, and several months of recovery.
Paul was considered a good candidate for innovative robotic treatments, where keys are operated by surgeons and operated by advanced robotic machines.
A 48-hour hospital stay and recovery at home in just a few weeks allowed Paul to prepare for the big day with his fiancée and two daughters.
“I really don’t think we can continue the marriage because I’m sure I won’t be healthy enough,” Paul told Christie. “The amazing robot surgery cut my recovery time drastically and made me feel good and fit.”
The veteran could return to work as an engineer in a matter of weeks – the honeymoon was the only other consideration.
Lisa said she cried when the surgeon called to tell her about the success of the procedure.
“I am so relieved that Paul’s surgery is complete and he has had the opportunity to be treated in this wonderful way. The news that he needed this surgery after successful chemotherapy and surgery in 2014 came out of the blue sky and we decided we had to cancel the wedding again.
“This is going to be the best day ever and we can’t wait to celebrate it with family and friends at the reception.”
“This will actually be our third marriage attempt as COVID has done its part to bring things back.”
Aziz Gulamhusein, Consultative Urological and Robotic Surgeon at The Christie, said, “This is a first for The Christie as we hired our state-of-the-art robotic equipment to assist us with the precision required in the complex procedures required for Paul’s cancer…”
“It is a great achievement for the team to participate in such a highly specialized process using state-of-the-art technology.”
Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for metastatic testicular cancer is a common procedure at The Christie. Due to the location of these lymph nodes deep in the abdomen, surgery is traditionally performed through a large open incision with associated side effects.
Christie’s owns one of the largest robotics centers in the UK and her goal is to use this experience and expertise to enable more patients to undergo this minimally invasive surgery to treat metastatic testicular cancer. The robot offers a highly magnified 3D view with advanced dexterity to ensure careful removal of cancer nodules while protecting nerves and promoting recovery with a much shorter convalescence.