Future Medicine - Daniel Moon


My name is Daniel Moon, I'm a surgeon and work at Epworth hospital in Melbourne.

I deal mainly with men and women who have conditions that affect the urinary tract and more and more we are using robotic technology to help us treat these people.

Robotics allows us to do these operations without having to make such big cuts.

Robotics will take us inside the abdomen, inside someone's belly through little keyholes like this.

So we make 5 or 6 small cuts like so and through each of those cuts we pass a camera down into someone's belly and then the other cuts we pass instruments down and using robotics allows us to control these with great precision.

We have a camera system that actually has two telescopes inside the camera so that we have a picture for each eye.

It's like looking at iMax with three dimensional glasses.

We now have 3D vision in high definition digital picture which means we have the best picture possible of the diseases we have to remove and the parts of the body that we have to preserve and rebuild.

Now it's like operating a very fancy remote control car but I'm on the other side of the room with the best possible vision through this camera system and using my little wrists.

So my fingers and thumbs go in rings and I can then move around the abdomen, to be able to do the procedure that I need to do.

It really is like someone has taken you shrunk you and put you inside someone's belly with very small hands to be able to do a very meticulous or very precise operation.

So here we have the machine itself that's wheeled over the patient who's asleep on the table these are called ports they go through the skin and allows us then to pass the camera or our 2 eyes down inside the abdomen.

These instruments you can see are really quite small.

That will act like my wrist but look at the difference in size so now I can perform really fine movements with great magnification given to me by my two eyes here.

So I think this technology is going to continue to have a significant impact on people's health and the way we manage diseases in the future.

Already even in 10 years this has now set the standard for outcomes for surgery.

We now understand anatomy or the inside of the body better than we have done before, we have very advanced ways of teaching surgeons now how to operate and we can operate on patients with the least possible pain, blood loss, complications and get them in and out of hospital quicker than we have ever been able to do before.

It's really exciting to be at the forefront of this type of technology that allows us to be the best possible surgeon we can and to perform operations we never dreamed we could perform.

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Future Medicine - Daniel Moon
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