New robot technology helps Far North cardiovascular patients

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Cairns Private Hospital has successfully opened a new $2.1 million facility which brings laser-guided robot technology to Queensland's Far North.

Cairns is only the second hospital in Australia and New Zealand to invest in the new GE Healthcare Discovery IGS-730 Hybrid Operating Room.

Its enhanced imaging system allows greater precision in cardiac and vascular procedures, meaning shorter hospital stays and faster recovery time for patients.

Cairns' cardiology staff trained at John Flynn Hospital -- the first to have the equipment -- nearly 1,800 kilometres away on the Gold Coast.

Dr Shane Preston performed Cairns' first procedure on Monday 19 February, utilising flexible state-of-the-art equipment which lets surgeons treat smaller blood vessels and more severe disease, with lower risk for patients. Operations can now be longer, if needed, but have reduced levels of x-ray radiation exposure.

The Discovery can be used for common vascular diseases such as blockages to pelvic, leg and kidney arteries, and varicose veins, plus it allows other surgeries which would previously require patients to travel far from home for treatment.

“This new machine offers the latest technology for treating cardiac and vascular patients with minimally-invasive techniques,” Cairns Private Hospital CEO Shane Mitchell said.

“It also will allow us to do advanced procedures not offered in Cairns, including electrophysiology and structural heart repairs.”

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