Perth hospital installs surgical robot

Members of St John of God Subiaco Hospital’s surgical team with the Da Vinci Xi surgical robot.
Members of St John of God Subiaco Hospital’s surgical team with the Da Vinci Xi surgical robot.

ONE of the world’s most advanced surgical robots has been installed at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System will help improve patients’ experience and enhance surgical outcomes.

It will enable surgeons to perform minimally-invasive surgical procedures as an alternative to traditional open surgery.

Some of the benefits include quicker recovery times, decreased length of hospital stay, reduced blood loss and transfusions, less pain and an improvement in the time patients take to return to work after surgery.

St John of God Subiaco Hospital chief executive Professor Shirley Bowen said the hospital had been at the forefront of robotic-assisted surgery for over a decade.

“In fact, we were the first hospital in Western Australia to offer robotically-assisted urology procedures using the previous generation da Vinci surgical system in 2007 and we have completed more than 2000 surgeries using this technology,” she said.