Robotic Surgery

At St Vincent's Hospital we strive to offer the best technologies to achieve optimum patient outcomes. In partnership with St Vincent’s Private Hospital,  St Vincent’s Hospital acquired the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System in December 2005.

The system allows surgeons to perform complex procedures using keyhole techniques.

There are vast benefits for patients as robotic surgery is far less invasive than more traditional methods. For certain cardiac procedures rather than undergoing open heart surgery, the da Vinci Robot requires just several small incisions.

The operation is performed by the surgeon working from a remote console with a three-dimensional view of the patient’s insides.

Robotic surgery offers many benefits to patients
  • Reduced hospital stay
  • Reduced post-operative pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Quicker recovery times
For the surgeons, the robot offers a greatly increased level of precision with no tremor from the robotic arms compared to the human hand. Also the cameras offer magnification over nine times greater than the human eye.

St Vincent’s Hospital performed the first robotic surgery case in NSW in December 2005. Our cardiothoracic team is currently using the da Vinci Robot for procedures including mitral valve repairs (as shown on 7 News December 2005) and some harvesting of the internal mammary artery for coronary artery bypass grafting. Video footage courtesy of 7 News (Sydney). (N.B. you require Flash Player 8 to view. Click here for free download)