Robotics Arrive at Local Hospital

Dr Brian Meade with North West Private Hospital CEO Chris Murphy.

The robotic surgical assistant Da Vinci Xi has arrived at North West Private Hospital in Everton Park, helping support the latest surgical capabilities.

The da Vinci Xi system allows the surgeon to control the da Vinci robot from a console. The surgeon’s hand movements are translated to perform tiny movements within the body in real time. The system also offers optimised 3D vision, magnification and motion tremor control are designed to help the surgeon with greater dexterity and precision.

The robotic technology will help empower surgeons with minimally invasive surgical options for patients and the robotic assistant will be used for a variety of procedures including colorectal, urology, gynaecology and general surgery.

Colorectal surgeon Dr Brian Meade performed the first surgery utilising the Da Vinci Xi robot at North West in mid-May.

‘For me, it’s about instrument advancements – it enhances ergonomics and my visualisation of tissues. It’s much easier to control instruments and optics and improves dexterity and suturing in tight spaces,’ Dr Meade said.

Dr Meade controlling the robot from the surgeon console

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