Cairns Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care


‘Happy Birthday’ da Vinci

Nov 16, 2018

This month Cairns Private Hospital will celebrate the 1st Birthday of its da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System.

The addition of robot-assisted surgery has enabled surgeons at Cairns Private Hospital to perform 150 operations through minimally invasive surgery that may otherwise have only been available in Southeast Queensland.

Primarily used for urology, gynaecology and now extending to colorectal surgery, some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical System over traditional approaches have been:

  • Greater surgical precision.
  • Increased range of motion.
  • Improved dexterity and control.
  • Enhanced visualization.
  • Improved success.

While known as a ‘robot’, the da Vinci System is an extension of the surgeon. It is a state-of-the-art tool that ensures it makes the most of the skill and expertise of the surgeon performing the procedure.

The system features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand, offering many advantages to the patient - smaller incisions, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time, reduced blood loss and minimal scarring.

The da Vinci prostatectomy has revolutionised treatment for prostate cancer in the region in particular. The robotic system enables Urologists to operate in the difficult to get to lower pelvis area through very small incisions with unmatched precision. It is very effective and the least invasive approach to prostate cancer treatment. Patients who have undergone a radical prostatectomy using the da Vinci system can expect to leave hospital in just 1-2 days and return to normal daily activities within 6 weeks, and eliminating the need to travel to Brisbane for this surgery previously.

Cairns Private Hospital CEO Ben Tooth says that introducing robotic surgery into the region has allowed patients to obtain their care closer to home. There are now 4 robotically trained surgeons operating at the Cairns Private Hospital – covering urology, gynaecology and general surgery. The robot has provided people in the region greater choice for their health care needs.