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Robotics (da Vinci)

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is probably most famous for his portrait of the Mona Lisa and his depiction of The Last Supper. But for most of his career, da Vinci was engrossed in other pursuits. His fascinatingly varied output included detailed anatomical drawings of dissected corpses and blueprints for new machines that were often hundreds of years ahead of their time.

But, it’s doubtful even da Vinci himself could have imagined the high-tech robotic surgical system that bears his name today.

What is the Da Vinci robot surgical system? 

The da Vinci robot is a state-of-the-art surgical system that enables selected, suitably trained surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgeries.

Generally speaking, minimally invasive surgery is associated with less pain, fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay than traditional ‘open’ surgery.

Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery. The robot does not perform the surgery. Rather it is a tool that your surgeon uses to perform minimally invasive surgery with enhanced precision.

During your procedure, your surgeon sits at the surgical console. From here, they can see small features of your anatomy in highly magnified, high-definition 3D and control the tiny surgical instruments, which have a wider range of motion than the human wrist. The da Vinci system enables your surgeon to perform complex procedures using only very small incisions.

What are the advantages of robotic surgery? 

While all surgery carries risk, robotic surgery may improve outcomes by supporting:

  • Greater accuracy – enables the surgeon to perform intricate, delicate manoeuvres with precision.
  • Improved dexterity and stability – the robotic arms have a wider range of motion than the human hand and are more stable, meaning surgeons can operate in tight spaces with high control.
  • A clearer view – with a high-quality 3D view of the surgical field, your surgeon can navigate anatomical structures and place instruments precisely.
  • Reduced fatigue – traditional surgery often requires surgeons to stand for hours holding heavy instruments. Robotic surgery enables them to operate in comfort while seated at the surgical console enabling them to perform at their best throughout the whole procedure.

Using the da Vinci robot in complex pelvic surgery? 

Using the da Vinci robot makes complex pelvic surgery easier, quicker and more thorough thanks to:

  • 3D visualisation
  • 4KHD resolution
  • Increased instrument freedom of motion (compared to laparoscopy).

In addition, it allows dissection and suturing in ways not possible in laparoscopy, providing more options for minimally invasive procedures.

Dr Budden has undertaken a highly selective 2-year training program through the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society. As a result, he belongs to a small group of gynaecological surgeons able to perform laparoscopic surgery.

He uses the da Vinci robot to assist in:

  • Myomectomies (removal of large fibroids measuring 10cm or more)
  • Complex hysterectomies
  • Closure of Caesarean scar defects
  • Burch colposuspension (to treat urinary stress incontinence).

Dr Budden is the only certified advanced laparoscopic gynaecological surgeon practising between Newcastle and the Gold Coast. At Port Macquarie Private Hospital, he treats highly complex gynaecological conditions using minimally invasive surgery so that you may enjoy an easier recovery.

Next Steps

If you are struggling with heavy periods, pelvic pain or prolapse, please ask your GP for a referral or contact us. Hopefully, we can help to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

 

Disclaimer

All information is general and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

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