Australia is one of only five countries in the world that has access to a robotic system that mimics the human arm and performs minimally invasive keyhole surgery.
The Versius Surgical Robotic System recently arrived at Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney.
“From a patient perspective, robotic surgery can potentially mean less pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery,” said Macquarie University Hospital urologic surgeon David Gillatt.
The system has been included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Products for use in general surgery abdominal, urological and laparoscopic procedures.
It was designed using surgeon feedback to remove barriers to minimally invasive surgery, including limited range of motion and challenging ergonomics.
The console has 3D vision, instrument controls and a choice of work positions to reduce fatigue.
The Macquarie University Hospital surgical team is the first in Australia and among a number of “pioneering locations” around the world to offer the new kind of robotic surgery.
“We continuously invest in cutting-edge technology to improve patient outcomes,” said Walter Kmet, the hospital’s CEO.
“This is a very exciting development for Macquarie University Hospital.”