Robotic Assisted Liver Surgery

What is robotic assisted surgery?

Robot assisted surgery, or robotic surgery, allows A/Prof Pilgrim to perform various complex procedures using the da Vinci Xi surgical system. The surgical system includes a camera, mechanical arms with surgical instruments, and is operated by A/Prof Pilgrim at a separate console that provides a high-definition, magnified, 3-D view of the surgery site. This world leading robotic surgery system translates A/Prof Pilgrim’s hand movements in real time, but with a greater range of motion, making it possible for him to operate through a few small incisions with increased dexterity and precision than at standard keyhole surgery.

da Vinci Xi Surgical System

In 2000, the da Vinci Surgery System broke new ground by becoming the first robotic surgery system approved by the FDA for general laparoscopic surgery. This was the first time the FDA approved an all-encompassing system of surgical instruments and camera/scopic utensils.

If you would like to know more about robotic assisted surgery and would like to discuss treatment options with A/Prof Pilgrim, please make an appointment.

Benefits of Robotic Assisted Liver Surgery

Robotic surgeries are a form of minimally invasive surgery. As with all minimally invasive surgery many benefits exist compared to open surgery such as:

  • Few complications (infection)
  • Less pain
  • Quicker recovery times (less time spent in the hospital)
  • Smaller, less noticeable scars
Some minimally invasive liver surgery is too complex to be carried out with the standard keyhole approach. Robotic surgery allows the surgeon to have complete precise control with an enhanced range of movement of 4 instruments (including the camera) at once, making the more complex laparoscopic surgical procedures possible. Particularly for the liver, given its shape, size and location, some areas are just too hard to get to with standard laparoscopic instruments but that may be possible with the robotic approach. Therefore robotic surgery may allow more operations to be completed with minimally invasive surgery and may avoid the large open incision that is sometimes required, meaning patients benefit from a faster recovery and less complications.

If you would like to know more about robotic assisted pancreatic surgery options, you can book an appointment online now or call our practice on (03) 9509 4811 to book an appointment.