Wollongong hospital becomes region leader in robotic assisted surgery

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Wollongong Private Hospital is the first in the region to acquire the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, offering patients in the Illawarra and South Coast access to cutting edge technology for urology, gynaecology, cardiac and general procedures.

Similar to traditional laparoscopy, the robotic surgery enables delicate and complex operations through only a few small incisions. Surgeons are able to operate with enhanced vision, precision and dexterity, while maintaining complete control over the system.

Urologist Associate Professor Peter Chin has been involved in more than 140 robotic procedures using the da Vinci system. The technology will allow surgeons to perform complex procedures with increased precision and control, resulting in reduced blood loss, shorter postoperative stays and less overall discomfort for patients.

“This technology has changed the way many surgical procedures have been performed in Australia and around the world, and I am very excited that it is now available in Wollongong, further cementing Wollongong Private Hospital at the forefront of many medical advances in NSW,” he said.

Features of the robotic system include an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon can sit during operations, interactive robotic arms, a 3D high definition vision system offering a highly magnified view, and a series of wrist instruments which scale, filter and translate the surgeon’s own hand movements into precise movements within the patient’s body.

Benefits to the patient include shorter hospital stays, less pain, reduced risk of infection and a faster recovery time.

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