New robotic services for Illawarra women


Wollongong Private Hospital has expanded its robotic surgery programs to include gynaecological operations, giving patients the option of faster recovery, shorter stays and safer treatments.

This year it became one of 10 hospitals in New South Wales to invest in the latest da Vinci Xi surgical system, and the first in the Illawarra and South Coast region.

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Dharmesh Kothari performed the area's first robotic assisted hysterectomies in September.

“Weeks of hard work and planning by the team made it look like an ordinary day at work,” he said. “Both hysterectomies finished much shorter than the expected operative time, with a quick recovery and a short hospital stay.”

The system features interactive robotic arms, 3D HD vision with a highly magnified view, and wrist instruments which scale, filter and precisely translate the surgeon’s own hand movements to allow minimally-invasive surgery.

It is available for patients requiring a hysterectomy, endometriosis resection or myomectomy, and does not require payment of additional fees.

“I am excited to be a part of this state-of-the-art technology, which has helped more than three million women around the world and is now available in the Illawarra,” Dr Kothari said.

“I am passionate about delivering the best care for my patients and I strongly believe Illawarra women deserve access to leading treatment, close to home,” he added.

For more information, visit the Wollongong Private Hospital website. 

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