Patients and surgeons are set to benefit from the new, next-generation surgical equipment at Mater Private Hospital.
More than $800,000 in new laparoscopic and arthroscopic surgical equipment is reducing pain and improving recovery times for patients at Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg.
Arthroscopes use fibre-optic cameras to give surgeons live images from inside a joint, but the next-generation system now in use at Mater is significantly more compact and precise than traditional equipment.
The new laparoscopic and arthroscopic equipment will assist in keyhole joint and abdominal surgery, benefiting everyone from athletes with sporting injuries to the elderly requiring minimally invasive procedures.
Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg orthopaedic surgeon Dr Alison Hallett said the new equipment had benefits for both clinicians and their patients.
“The new arthroscopic equipment is compact and user-friendly, allowing for excellent visualisation within shoulder joints and fine control of fluid balances. This results in more accurate placements, reduced operating time and less swelling,” Dr Hallett said.
“This all contributes to enhanced recovery, with many patients able to be seen as day cases with small scars and quick recovery.
“Orthopaedic surgery has always been what I wanted to specialise in, even during medical school – I am proud that this new equipment allows me to deliver more precise procedures for my patients.”
Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg Executive Officer Catherine Hackney said the new equipment built on Mater’s Vision of empowering people to live better lives through improved health and wellbeing.
“Mater has always delivered compassionate care to the Bundaberg community, and we are proud to continue investing in new equipment for the benefit of both our Mater People and patients,” Ms Hackney said.
“This laparoscopic and arthroscopic equipment will not only allow for more precise and streamlined procedures for our surgeons, but will reduce incision sizes, pain and recovery times in patients.”
More than 3,500 surgical procedures are performed at Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg each year.
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