Tamworth private hospital takes robotic leap forward

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An upgrade is making gold-standard gynaecological and urological care within region of patients in regional NSW.

Private hospital patients in the regional NSW centre of Tamworth are about to benefit from the latest robotic technology for urology, gynaecology and general surgery procedures.

Ramsay Health Care’s Tamara Private Hospital has upgraded to the latest DaVinci Xi robotic surgical assistant, after being the first to bring robotics to regional NSW in 2018.

Gynaecologist Dr Elizabeth Varughese said the new robot offered surgeons better vision and control.

“The 3D camera and the vision is a phenomenal improvement over traditional 2D laparoscopic cameras,” said Dr Varughese.

“It gives better depth perception, which becomes very important when doing complex cases.”

Urologist Dr Ramin Samali said the new robot offered significant improvements.

“Robotic surgery offers a minimally invasive approach often associated with quicker recovery and earlier discharge from hospital,” said Dr Samali.

“The DaVinci Xi is designed to increase our laparoscopic capabilities, with extra reach of instruments and clearer 3D vision.”

Urologist Dr Ian Smith said the advances were obvious when performing kidney surgery.

“The open approach to surgery requires a large flank incision in an area of the body that is extremely painful post-operatively,” he said.

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“This can see people in hospital on strong pain medication for a number of days. However, done robotically, patients typically leave hospital in two days with very little pain medication.”

Dr Smith thanked the team at Tamara Private Hospital for embracing new technologies.

“It is always great to see regional Australians given equal access to healthcare technology and facilities,” he said.

“The cost for regional Australians to constantly travel long distances for appointments, scans and surgeries cannot be overestimated. Having this facility locally is a huge step forward.”

Tamara Private Hospital CEO, Debra Maslen, said she was proud to offer the local community access to leading healthcare technology.

“Reducing the need to travel to a major city for robotic surgical procedures helps reduce stress for our patients and allows them to recover close to home, with their support network,” Ms Maslen said.

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