Gearing towards robotic surgery ( Blogs )

Gearing towards robotic surgery
for the benefit of patients and surgeons

surgeryOver the last 20 years, there have been major advancements in surgical techniques that have enabled surgeons to carry out complex procedures without the morbidity of disfiguring and painful incisions. These improved patient outcomes have come at a cost for surgeons as some studies show that over 70-80% of surgeons suffer musculoskeletal injuries over a lifetime of carrying out surgery using laparoscopic surgery. The Valley Private Hospital, a member of Healthe Care under Luye Medical Group, has teamed up with Swinburn University with the support of Healthe Care to kickstart a research project over the next three years to study the benefits of carrying out Laparoscopic (or keyhole) surgeries using a traditional approach versus the use of robotic surgeries. The study will focus on exploring the ergonomics of robotic surgery in comparison to traditional laparoscopic surgery, with the aim of

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surgery 2documenting the physical strain that surgeons experience for both types. The main benefit of the robotic system is superior 3D visualisation, improved articulation allowing for improved access, which in turn translates to faster recovery and reduction in pain for patients. The results from this research project may prove that robotics surgery will not only benefit patients but also surgeons. The AUD$150,000 sponsored project will see the use of surgical simulators from Device Technologies and sensory technology within the Swinburne motion capture laboratory to capture data and metrics of musculoskeletal strain.

Dr Chris Hensman (FRACS, Masters in Clinical Leadership and Management), surgeon from The Valley Private Hospital, is the lead investigator on this project. A PhD candidate, Jaime Hislop, has been selected in June this year to kickstart the research and support Dr Hensman alongside with Mats Isaacson and Professor Romesh Nagarajah from the Department of Robotics at Swinburne University. The project has already garnered interest from the academic sector with India’s Madras Institute of Technology reaching out to collaborate and sending a PhD student to visit Australia in the coming months. May the project proceed smoothly and unlock all the major milestones – we are looking forward to exciting updates down the road!


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