Hollywood Provides MLC Students a Unique Hands on Experience with its Surgical Robot
Nov 30, 2016
Hollywood Private Hospital (Hollywood) recently provided five students from Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) with the unique opportunity to experience its surgical robot.
The visit was a reward for their success in the school’s inaugural Faraday Challenge, a team event which required students to design and make a model of a robotic arm that could carefully pick up objects and place them on a target.
The years six and seven students’ winning model was similar in its concept to Hollywood’s da Vinci Xi Surgical System, the most advanced surgical robot in Australia and the only one of its kind in Western Australia.
Hollywood Urologist, Dr Sris Baskaranathan, demonstrated the robot for the students, showing them how it can handle surgical instruments with finer movements than the human hand. Through an unprecedented level of accuracy and precision, the robot helps surgeons to perform less invasive procedures, with quicker recovery times and fewer complications.
Students also had the opportunity to experience the robot themselves by using the system’s console to move the robot’s hands and ‘operate’ on rubber sculptures.
Hollywood Chief Executive Officer, Peter Mott, said “Hollywood is committed to offering innovative services and technologies that are revolutionising treatments and significantly improving the lives of our patients."
“It’s very special to be able to showcase this technology to young members of the community, and potentially inspire their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. This experience may even motivate them to pursue a career in medicine and become surgeons one day.”