Robotic surgery, 1,370 procedures and counting
In November 2014, Hollywood became the first hospital in Western Australia to purchase the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.
Robotic surgery is fast replacing laparoscopic surgery as the most advanced form of minimally invasive surgery. The technology offers advanced robotic, computer and optical capabilities that assist a surgeon with an operation. An advanced 3-D high-definition system gives surgeons unprecedented detailed vision of the operating area.
Special mechanised instruments allow increased precision, dexterity and control that mimic the movements of the human, minimising the effects of a surgeon’s hand tremors. All movements are still controlled by the surgeon. In addition to this, the robot’s vision is 10 times more powerful than the human eye, delivering an unprecedented level of accuracy.
The benefits to patients are mainly around recovery. Because robotic surgery requires smaller incisions, there is less trauma to tissue and less blood loss during surgery. Other benefits include reduced need for pain medication, a shorter hospital stay and, generally, faster return to work and other activities.
Shortly after the acquisition of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, Hollywood became the first site in Australasia to perform a radical prostatectomy using a da Vinci Xi robot. This was followed by the first trans-oral robotic surgery (TORS) case ever to be performed in the state and the first TORS case using a da Vinci Xi in Australasia.
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