Macquarie University Hospital invests in a second robot – the latest da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

One of the most rapidly expanding areas of the Hospital, the robotic-assisted surgery program is currently expanding with the acquisition of a second robotic system, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

The new surgical robot is the latest model available. It has refined features from the previous model as well as new capabilities – in particular, its capacity for increased movement across the body. This enhanced anatomical access is by way of a new overhead arm architecture and instrument shafts designed to give greater range of motion and operative reach.

Professor David Gillatt, Head of the Urology and Gynaecology Clinical Discipline and Director of Medical Services at Macquarie University Hospital, said that the new system can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive procedures.

“Because of the movability of the arms and instruments, the system will make it easier for procedures where multiple sites are involved,” said Professor Gillatt. “Unlike prostate surgery, where the resection site is confined, specialist areas like colorectal, gynaecological and cardio-thoracic surgery require more movement over a larger area.

“We also anticipate the robot’s use in pancreatic, lung, and head and neck surgery. And, because we are an academic hospital with the capability to perform highly complex surgeries, we will be looking to use robotic approaches in some cases.

Robotic surgery is far less invasive than traditional surgery, with patients experiencing a much faster recovery time. The Hospital’s expanded program means that more patients can now access this advanced approach.

Training in robotic surgery will continue to be a core part of the Urology program at Macquarie University Hospital, and expand to training in other disciplines.