A paradigm shift in surgical robotics in Australia


– The Versius® Surgical Robotic System represents a breakthrough in minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery in Australia1

– With Versius, hospitals can offer robotic surgery for a wide range of procedures, allowing more patients to access the surgical benefits of minimally invasive procedures 2
– Modular and versatile, Versius can be quickly moved between operating rooms and set up in just 15 minutes 3
– Macquarie University Hospital is the first facility in Australia to offer this new technology
5th February 2021 (Sydney, Australia): A breakthrough in minimally invasive surgery has arrived in Australia, with the Versius® Surgical Robotic System being included in the Australian Register for Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) for use in gynaecological, urologic and general surgery laparoscopic procedures.1
Australia is one of five countries in the world to gain access to this new technology, with Versius recently installed at Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney.
Mr Walter Kmet, CEO Macquarie University Hospital, said: “We continually invest in state-of-the art technology to improve patient outcomes. This is a very exciting development for Macquarie University Hospital. Our team are the first in Australia and among a number of pioneering sites in the world to
offer this new, innovative type of robotic surgery.”
Modular and versatile, the Versius Surgical Robotic System can be quickly moved between operating rooms allowing surgeons and hospitals to maximise the number of procedures the system can perform.4 Once in the operating theatre, Versius can be set-up within 15 minutes.3
Brought to Australia by LifeHealthcare, the Versius Surgical Robotic System, developed by CMR Surgical, was designed using feedback from surgeons and surgical teams to address some of the major barriers to minimally invasive surgery, including limited range of movement and challenging ergonomics. 2
Versius has been designed to mimic the human arm, providing seven degrees of freedom inside the patient. This feature, coupled with the device portability, enables flexibility in both the set-up and surgical approach for each procedure.
Furthermore, the open surgeon console has 3D vision, instrument control and a choice of ergonomic working positions, which aims to reduce stress and fatigue for surgeons and the surgical team. Addressing these surgeon concerns remain critical for career longevity. 2
Professor David Gillatt, Director of Medical and Surgical Services and a Urological Surgeon at Macquarie University Hospital said: “The Versius system is easy to set up and offers improved movement and communication for surgeons. From a patient perspective, robotically assisted surgery can potentially mean reduced pain, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. I look forward to seeing more hospitals and patients being able to benefit from this new technology in the near future.”
Traditionally, training for laparoscopic surgery has been associated with a steep learning curve and a long training period. This has resulted in reduced uptake, and ultimately, fewer patients benefitting from minimally invasive surgery. 2
The design features of the Versius system have the potential to ease the education pathway, elevating access to minimally invasive procedures. In partnership with CMR, LifeHealthcare is offering comprehensive training and ongoing support for the surgeons and wider surgical teams.
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