Robotic surgery offers a minimally invasive approach to surgery allowing specialists to perform complex procedures with increased accuracy and control than is possible through standard operative techniques.
Technical advantages include enhanced visualisation through magnification, greater control and flexibility of instruments plus improved precision through imaging and advanced surgical planning.
The surgeon though remains 100 per cent in control of surgery using a robotic system.
A few small incisions generally result in fewer complications, faster recovery and return to daily activities, less pain and smaller scars.
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Wollongong Private Hospital, the market leader of robotic surgery in the Illawarra and South Coast, offers patients three innovative surgical systems: da Vinci Xi Surgical System, Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System and NAVIO Surgical System.
“With da Vinci Xi, my main focus is on colectomy and bowel resection for both cancer and benign disease, as well as pelvic reconstruction,” general surgeon Dr Andrew Malouf said.
“Robotic surgery provides high resolution minimally invasive surgical access – ideal for pelvic, pelvic floor and abdominal surgery for rectal and uro-gynaecological prolapse, rectal intussusception and obstructed defecation.
“It provides maneuverability and fine tuning of dissection that surpasses laparoscopic techniques for colorectal cancers and benign pathologies such as complicated diverticular disease and inflammatory bowel disease.
“The smaller incisions and trauma result in generally less postoperative pain, faster recovery, more rapid return of bowel function, earlier discharge and earlier return to work.”
The NAVIO Surgical System, on the other hand, assists surgeons in implant positioning, ligament balancing and bone preparation for knee replacements while the Mazor Robotic System utilises 3D imaging software to preplan for accurate spinal surgery using minimally invasive techniques.
As with any surgical procedure there are associated risks and benefits that cannot be guaranteed.
See the website wollongongprivate.com.au for more information or call 4286 1000 to book an appointment.
Check with your GP for details
If you are interested in undergoing robotic surgery, please start a conversation with your GP.
Your GP can arrange a referral to an appropriately trained specialist who can determine your suitability for robotic assisted surgery.
Wollongong Private Hospital’s surgeons offering robotic surgery include the following: A/Prof Peter Chin (urology), Dr Paul Kovac (urology), Dr Helen Nicholson (urology), Dr Rahul Rindani (urology), Dr Matthew Threadgate (urology), Dr Dharmesh Kothari (gynaecology), Dr Andrew Malouf (general / colorectal), Dr Ravi K Cherukuri (neurosurgery), Dr Jerry Day (neurosurgery), A/Prof Matthias Jaeger (neurosurgery), Dr Peter Moloney (neurosurgery), Dr Aziz Bhimani (orthopaedics), Dr Vaibhav Punjabi (orthopaedics), Dr Gregory Stackpool (orthopaedics) and Dr Chad Todhunter (orthopaedics).