IMAGINE a robot completing your surgery. This advanced approach to surgery is now here at Liverpool Hospital.

Australia’s only robot simulation training mimic system allows surgeons to get familiar with the procedures in a safe and simulated environment without the risks associated with an actual procedure.

It is hoped the surgery technology in Sydney’s south west will attract surgeons to train and then work at the hospital.

Prior to the robot simulation training mimic system and dual console da Vinci Xi clinical robot, Australian doctors wanting to learn robotic surgery had to travel to the US, South Korea or China.

The robot’s arms can mimic your hand and give far greater flexibility, precision and access while performing surgery.

Surgery director Lesley Bokey said the unique academic robotic surgical unit training program would not only encourage top surgeons from around Australia and the world to train, but also entice them to work there too.

Associate Professor Bokey established the South Western Sydney Research and Training Robotic unit at Liverpool Hospital in 2015.

Liverpool Hospital urologist Pascal Mancuso has performed more than 200 robotic urological cancer operations. He recently performed the second robotic surgery at Liverpool Hospital using the $4 million system to remove a patient’s prostate.

Robotic surgery was first introduced in 1983 but didn’t gain popularity until 2000 with the introduction of the da Vinci model.

Surgeons operate through small incisions and features 3D magnification, tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate.

The first robotic surgery at Liverpool Hospital was successfully completed on February 23, 2017 by Dr Mancuso.

“Patients who choose to undergo robotic surgery over traditional laparoscopic are discharged from hospital within a couple of days and can return to their normal level of activity within a few weeks,” Dr Mancuso said.

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