Wollongong Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care


Ramsay Health Care brings the da Vinci Xi Surgical System to Wollongong

May 10, 2018

Wollongong Private Hospital is pleased to announce the acquisition of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, positioning the hospital as the region’s leader of robotic assisted surgery.

Installation of the da Vinci Xi surgical system at Wollongong Private Hospital means that Illawarra and South Coast patients now have access to cutting edge technology for urology, gynaecology, cardiac and general procedures without having to travel beyond Wollongong.

Similar to traditional laparoscopy, the da Vinci Xi enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few small incisions. While remaining 100% in control of the robotic assisted system, the surgeon is able to operate with enhanced vision, precision and dexterity.

Components of the da Vinci Surgical System include:

  • an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating
  • a patient-side cart where the patient is positioned during surgery
  • interactive robotic arms
  • a 3D HD vision system for a highly magnified view
  • unique wrist instruments which scale, filter and translate the surgeon’s own hand movements into precise movements, working inside the patient’s body

Wollongong Private Hospital is among ten hospitals in NSW that have invested in the latest Xi model. This particular model features enhancements such as new overhead instrument architecture designed to facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position, as well as thinner, longer instrument shafts which enable a greater range of motion and operative reach - taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.

Patient benefits can include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection and a faster recovery.

Urologist, Associate Professor Peter Chin, who has performed and been involved in more than 140 robotic procedures using the da Vinci System said, “This new technology enhances the surgeons ability to perform complex abdominal procedures with absolute precision due to the enhanced 3D vision, magnification and instrument control. This allows for certain procedures to be performed with less blood loss, shorter postoperative stay and less discomfort. This technology has changed the way many surgical procedures have been performed in Australia and around the World, and I am very excited that it is now available in Wollongong, further cementing Wollongong Private Hospital at the forefront of many medical advances in NSW.”