Peninsula Private brings robot benefits to regions

Dr Charles Pilgrim and Kerri Jones with Peninsula Private Hospital’s new da Vinci XI machine.

Patients in Victoria’s Frankston and Mornington regions will no longer have to travel to Melbourne for ‘revolutionary’ robot surgery thanks to Peninsula Private Hospital’s latest investment.

The Frankston-based facility has bought the renowned da Vinci Xi machine, whose advanced technology has helped to significantly improve patient outcomes according to published reviews.

Its use has led to fewer overall complications, a shorter stay in hospital and less pain than for those people who have open surgery.

“We are the first hospital in the region to offer da Vinci Xi robotic surgery and we’re delighted to provide this option for our patients and specialists alike,” Peninsula Private Hospital CEO Michelle Henderson said.

“For patients, the technology will be available at no additional out-of-pocket expense, which allows our surgeons to choose the best surgical approach for each individual.”

Specialist surgeon Dr Charles Pilgrim said robotic surgery could revolutionise the way traditional keyhole operations are performed.

“It simply makes surgery easier, more precise and more efficient. It is computer-enhanced surgery and actually improves the surgeon’s skill because there are things the robot can do that the human hand and fingers struggle with,” Dr Pilgrim said.

“The robot holds the surgical instruments perfectly still and in exactly the location the surgeons direct, which provides a more stable platform to carry out complex tasks.”

The da Vinci Xi is designed to enhance a surgeon’s capabilities by providing improved control, precision and movements.

It features anatomical access, crystal-clear 3DHD vision and a platform designed to seamlessly integrate future innovations.

“The new robotic instruments are like an extension of the surgeon’s hands and fingers with equal, if not improved dexterity over the human hand. Even difficult operations seem easier and less physically tiring for the surgeon,” Dr Pilgrim added.

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