HSNPH Australia’s leader in use of robotic systems in colorectal surgery

HSNPH Australia’s leader in use of robotic systems in colorectal surgery

September 2015



With the recent acquisition of the da Vinci Xi robotic system, Holy Spirit Northside has commenced using the advanced surgical technology for minimally invasive colorectal and prostate surgery.

Benefits to patients include reduced operation times, shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, less need for pain medicine, faster recovery times and minimal scarring.

HSNPH is currently running the biggest da Vinci robotic colorectal program in Australia led by Associate Professor Andrew Stevenson, an eminent Colorectal Surgeon.

An Australian first for treating rectal cancer

Associate Professor Stevenson recently performed the first lower rectal robotic procedure in Australia – a Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME) – a very complex procedure. It is one of the most important new techniques to emerge, as this surgical approach provides real benefits and improvement to surgical access in the treatment of distal rectal cancer – therefore providing many benefits for our patients.

Ms Daniele Doyle, General Manager, Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital said, “In 2016 we plan to expand our robotic platform into cardiac and general surgery.

We are very fortunate to have highly regarded, experienced and world renowned surgeons eager to advance their surgical and robotic skills to improve health outcomes for our patients.

The da Vinci Xi system explained

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System assists the surgeon to utilise advanced, robotic, computer and optical technologies while operating. It is designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. It does not act on its own, but is controlled by the surgeon.  

The da Vinci has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software that allows the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified, so the surgeon has a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on. The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist – allowing the surgeon to make small, precise movements inside the patient’s body.

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