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Robotic Surgery

Ashford Hospital is a centre of innovation and is proud to be the only hospital in South Australia offering patients access to two of the latest robotic technologies available:

da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System

Available for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery, General Surgery (including Bariatric and Colorectal Surgery), Gynaecology, Gynaecologic Oncology and Urology.


Mako™ Orthopaedic Robotic-Arm System

Available for Knee Replacements and Total Hip Replacements.


The da Vinci Xi Surgical System was acquired by Ashford Hospital during 2015 and is currently available for the following specialties:

  • ENT Surgery
  • General Surgery (including Bariatric and Colorectal Surgery)
  • Gynaecology
  • Gynaecologic Oncology
  • Urology

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System is a fourth generation surgical system offering the most advanced robotic technology allowing surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The system provides patients with minimally invasive alternatives that reduce complications associated with open procedures. The latest system delivers more precise movements through its intuitive motion and ergonomic design, and a highly magnified view, virtually extending surgeons' eyes and hands.

For further information on the da Vinci Xi Surgical System please visit: davincisurgery.com


The surgeons currently credentialed to use the da Vinci Xi Surgical System at Ashford Hospital are:

Bariatric Surgery

Colorectal and General Surgery

ENT Surgery

Gynaecology

Gynaecologic Oncology

  • Dr Sellva Paramasivam

Urology

Ashford Hospital acquired the Mako Orthopaedic Robotic-Arm System in January 2017.

With the Mako Orthopaedic Robotic-Arm surgeons are able to offer an innovative treatment option for suitable patients requiring Total Hip Replacement or Partial Knee Replacement.

Robotic Surgery utilises computer-assisted planning combined with a robotic arm guided by your surgeon, as a means to insert a joint replacement prostheses. It is an advancement of a current technology using computer navigation to assist positioning of a joint replacement implant.

Robotic assisted joint replacement is a relatively new technology, though it has been in use overseas for approximately 10 years. The major aim is to assist the surgeon in achieving highly accurate placement of a hip or knee prosthesis.

Robotic Knee Replacement may allow:

  • Improved alignment, component positioning and soft tissue balancing
  • Less bone removal
  • Improvement in quality of life measures

Robotic Hip Replacement may allow:

  • Accurate component placement
  • Improved functional outcomes

How does it work?

  1. The patient is assessed by the surgeon and deemed an appropriate candidate for joint replacement surgery
  2. A specialised CT scan of the limb is performed to map bony anatomy and alignment
  3. A pre-operative surgical plan including implant positioning and sizing is developed by the robotic software and reviewed by the surgeon
  4. The surgeon-controlled robotic arm aids in implant positioning during surgery to achieve the desired plan. The robotic arm is held by the surgeon and provides live visual image feedback and haptic (tactile) feedback

Who is a candidate for Robotic Assisted Joint Replacement?

All patients who are suitable for joint replacement may be suitable for Robotic Surgery. Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will discuss your suitability for Robotic Surgery.

What is the average hospital stay?

Most patients are in hospital for only 2-3 days after Robotic Surgery.

What is the recovery time?

Recovery after surgery depends on a multitude of factors, mainly related to the patient’s pre-operative strength, weight, stiffness, and general medical health. Most patients will be expected to walk with a walking stick before leaving hospital.


For further information on the Mako Orthopaedic Robotic-Arm System please visit: strykercare.com.au/home


The surgeons currently credentialed to use the Mako Orthopaedic Robotic-Arm System at Ashford Hospital are:

®da Vinci is a registered trademark of Intuitive Surgical, Incorporated

™Xi is a trademark of Intuitive Surgical, Incorporated

™Mako is a trademark of Stryker



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