Surgical leader reaches milestone


Reaching a century is an impressive accolade regardless of what it marks.

But after completing its 100th robotic surgery case, Knox Private Hospital could argue the milestone is most significant when it indicates the number of lives improved.

The hospital achieved the feat late last year and it came less than 12 months after it acquired the state-of-the-art da Vinci Surgical System.

Professor Damien Bolton, who works at the hospital as a urologist, led the first robotic surgery in December 2014. Fittingly, he also completed the milestone case in November.

“The Knox robot is beautiful to use,” Professor Bolton said. “It is able to give precision of movement that every surgeon would want. The optics provide magnification of your vision in ways beyond what you can achieve in open surgery.”

Knox Private Hospital is the only hospital in Victoria to offer single site da Vinci robotic surgery.

The demand for the technology is growing, however, with a 25 per cent increase in the utilisation of the system in Australia recorded between 2014 and 2015.

During a procedure, the device translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of the instruments inside the patient’s body. It also features a three-dimensional high-definition vision system that enhances the surgeon’s vision during surgery.

“Robotic urology surgery is becoming established as the preferred option for most patients,” Professor Bolton said. “It’s giving primary local access to the highest quality of surgical techniques and surgical equipment, resulting in inherit benefits including reduced pain, faster recovery and better surgical outcomes overall.”

Since acquiring the system, Knox Private Hospital has been able to offer a number of multidisciplinary robotic surgery options for its patients including urological, gynaecological and general surgeries.

The hospital also offers a permanent onsite virtual simulator, enabling exercises to safely train surgeons in a realistic but controlled environment.

Knox Private Hospital general manager Justin Greenwell said the technology had put the hospital at the forefront of minimally invasive surgery.

“We are committed to our mission of putting our patients first and strive to continue providing them with minimally invasive surgical options,” Mr Greenwell said.

“We are truly thrilled to be a leader in this field. As the only hospital offering the option of single site da Vinci robotically-assisted surgery for patients in Victoria, we are demonstrating our ongoing commitment to providing patients with up-to-date surgical options.”


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