“It’s like having your hands inside the patient’s chest. It delivers unparalleled surgical precision, control and visualisation.”Aubrey Almeida, Cardiac Surgeon
Epworth has established the Australian Institute of Robotic Surgery (AIRS) following the successful introduction of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical Unit to Australia.
The Institute will promote minimally invasive surgery and evaluate the outcomes of robotic surgery. It will encourage research in new applications for robotic surgery, provide training for surgeons, nurses and technicians in the techniques of robotic surgery, and become a reference point for future sites in Australia.
Major procedures currently being performed by robotic surgery at the Epworth Hospital are radical prostatectomy, cardiac surgery including mitral valve, atrial septal defect, bilateral IMA harvesting and epicardial lead replacement.