Robotics to Transform WA Hospital Surgery

Robotics is set to revolutionise surgery in WA, as a new state-of-the-art medical treatment in the state’s hospitals.

The State Government’s $5 billion investment into the da Vinci system for Fiona Stanley Hospital will enable patients needing urological procedures to receive robotic-assisted prostate and kidney surgery.

“The multi-million-dollar investment from the McGowan Government shows our commitment to providing the latest health techniques to benefit the lives of Western Australians undergoing urological surgery,” Health Minister Roger Cook said.

“This innovative da Vinci Surgical System is all about putting patients first. We want all Western Australians to have access to the best mental health services and treatments.”

The da Vinci program will give the surgeon 3D, magnification capabilities and enhanced dexterity in areas that access with the human hand is difficult or limited.

It would provide a better patient experience through faster recovery, reduced length of hospital stay and faster return to normal activities.

The system would also be more efficient and lower the need for additional surgeries and treatments.

In addition to the new system, Fiona Stanley Hospital will also launch a new surgical robotics program to train the new surgeons in robotics.

The da Vinci system is currently being commissioned and staff are being trained ahead of the first robotic surgery expected in October this year.

“The robotic system is a significant addition to the public hospital system in WA, with FSH now on par with major private and international centres,” Mr Cook said.

“The da Vinci system will establish FSH as a ‘centre of excellence’ in robotic surgery and clinical innovation and help ensure the WA health system will be able to attract and train expert clinicians.”

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