Robot-assisted surgery & Surgical navigation

Robotic assisted surgery and surgical navigation are highly-specialised.

Specialty areas where Robotic surgery and Navigation can be used includes Colorectal and General surgery, Gynaecology, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic & Urology.

Robot-assisted treatment is available at Knox Private Hospital are clinically-suitable patients in the following specialty areas:

  • Urology – prostate, kidneys, adrenal glands and urinary system
  • Colorectal surgery – large intestine
  • General surgery – small intestine and internal organs
  • Gynaecology – uterus and pelvic lymph nodes
  • Cardiothoracic – heart and lungs
  • Neurosurgery - brain and spine

Knox Private Hospital is delighted offer our surgeons and patient’s access to the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System and Trumpf operating table.

The advancements in this technology are focused on best outcomes for patients, allowing for more complex procedures to be performed.

Xi Robot

The da Vinci Xi is the most advanced surgical robot available, enabling surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery with an advanced 3D high-definition view.

It allows for multi-point access used for a variety of surgeries, mainly in the area of Urology as well as Colorectal surgery, Gynaecology.

Robot-assisted surgery translates the surgeon's hand movements with robotic arms performing scaled-down, tiny movements within the body.

The surgeon remains 100 per cent in control of the operation but the robot provides optimised 3D vision, magnification and motion tremor control, allowing the surgeon to operate high-tech instrumentation with greater dexterity and precision.

The instrument size makes it possible for surgeons to operate through smaller incisions.

Trumpf table

The Trumpf table synchronizes movements with the da Vinci Robot (they ‘speak’ to each other) which means that patient can be dynamically positioned and repositioned while the surgeon operates. The ability to reposition the operating table allows for the best exposure and access to the anatomy targeted. This helps to increase efficiency and better manage the patient during robotic-assisted procedures.

We offer the Mako Robot for Orthopaedic procedures at Knox Private Hospital.

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology can be used for total hip replacement, total knee replacement and partial knee replacement.

Before surgery, the Mako Robotic-Arm assisted surgery takes a CT scan of your impaired joint. The scan is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This virtual model is loaded into the Mako System software and is used to create a personal plan for your surgery.

During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm to position the implant exactly where it’s needed based on your personalised pre-operative plan. The Mako System also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed.

When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the Mako System guides the surgeon and helps prevent the surgeon from moving outside the planned boundaries.

The implant is made of metal alloys and high-grade plastics to match the function of bone and cartilage, respectively better. It is designed to move much like a healthy human joint.

When you hear ‘robotic-arm assisted technology,’ it’s important to understand that the Mako Robotic-Arm doesn’t actually perform the surgery. The surgery is performed by an orthopaedic surgeon, who uses the surgeon-controlled robotic-arm system to pre-plan the surgery and to position the implant in the socket.

The robotic-arm does not perform the surgery nor can it make decisions on its own or move in any way without the surgeon guiding it. The Mako System also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed.

After surgery, your surgeon, nurses and physiotherapists will set goals with you to get you back on the move. They will closely monitor your condition and progress. Your surgeon may review an x-ray of your new joint replacement with you.

Your health care team will follow up with an aftercare plan for you and advise you on how to recover effectively.

Knox Private Hospital was the first hospital in Australia to offer the Brain Lab Curve® Navigation technology to our surgeons and their patients.

Curve® 2 Navigation is Brain Lab’s most powerful and versatile image guided surgery platform that offers more than navigation. Featuring an extra-large 4K display, surgeons can plan, review, document and stream surgery from anywhere in the operating theatre.

This cutting edge technology is the gold-standard of imaging, providing enhanced accuracy and precision, improved ergonomics for our surgeons and accommodates patient preference for a minimally invasive approach, reducing pain and scarring and reducing the recovery period.

Curve® 2 Navigation technology complements the other advanced surgical capabilities available at Knox Private which includes the da Vinci and Mako robots, ensuring that the most advanced technology is available to support our doctors and staff to deliver best patient outcomes.

Curve® 2 Navigation - Digital Surgery

Easier Preoperative setup & planning is possible, with a slim display and lightweight camera cart that allows positions according to the surgeons preferred setup and limitless case planning is available.

Superior Intraoperative visualization & guidance allows positioning freedom and high resolution viewing with a 32 inch display, 40% more viewing space and a new level of detail with microscope or endoscope images displayed in 4K.

Immediate Postoperative documentation & archiving for clear record keeping achieved manually and automatically to any location.

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