Versius adopted for gynaecological and urogynaecological procedures at Frances Perry House

  • Versius has been introduced at Frances Perry House, a private women’s hospital in Melbourne to offer patients access to the benefits of robotic surgery for complex cases including hysterectomies

CMR Surgical (CMR) – the global surgical robotics business – has announced the installation of its first Versius® Surgical Robotic System in Melbourne, Australia at Frances Perry House. Frances Perry House, a maternity and women’s health hospital, is part of the global Ramsay Health Care Group, which provides health care through a global network of clinical practices across Australia, Europe, and Asia.

Versius is being introduced as part of a gynaecology and urogynaecology surgical robotics programme at Frances Perry House. Frances Perry House now becomes the second hospital in Australia to install Versius, following Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney, and the first for Ramsay Health Care globally. Versius has been supplied by LifeHealthcare, a leading medical device distributor in Australia and New Zealand.

The programme, which has already completed over 50 successful cases, aims to significantly increase patient access to minimal access surgery (MAS), which is associated with benefits including quicker recovery time and less scarring for patients. Versius is uniquely designed to meet the needs of gynaecological and urogynaecological surgical teams performing abdominal and pelvic surgery.

Versius provides enhanced 3D HD vision offers surgeons a high level of accuracy when performing complicated procedural steps, which is significant in narrow areas like the female pelvis. Combined with the suite of small fully wristed instruments, this gives surgeons greater precision, control, and dexterity inside the patient.

While MAS is associated with a range of well-recognised benefits for patients, when performed manually without the aid of robotics it is also associated with high physical demand on surgeons. Versius was designed to tackle this issue. The three independent arms – biomimicking the human arm – coupled with the 3D visualisation and unique instrument control, reduces stress and fatigue for surgeons, which remains critical for career longevity.

Shaune Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer of Frances Perry House commented:

“We are excited to implement our surgical robotics programme. We are passionate about providing high quality care and better outcomes for our patients; the introduction of Versius combined with the development of our 4th theatre earlier in this year represents an exciting time for the Frances Perry team.”

Dr Mark Slack, Chief Medical Officer of CMR Surgical said:

“We are delighted to see more women being able to benefit from minimally invasive robotic surgery as its use is expanded in gynaecology. This is an incredibly exciting milestone in CMR’s story, gynaecological procedures currently make up one in five of all cases performed by Versius. We’re thrilled to be able to support more women undergoing MAS and increasing access to world class surgical care.”