Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery

The Wesley has the largest robotic program in Australia and w​as the first hospital in the nation with two Da Vinci surgical robotic systems. Our experienced surgeons have access to the greatest range of technology, to suit the most clinical applications, of any private hospital in Australia.

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What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is minimally invasive surgery involving the use of a computer to control surgical instruments attached to robotic arms.

In the operating theatre the surgeon uses controls to move a camera and instruments inside a patient’s body. Robotic surgery enables surgeons to perform precise and delicate procedures with only small incisions.

There are many benefits from robotic surgery, as it is minimally invasive, including less post operative pain, less blood loss, less scarring, shorter hospital stay, and faster return to normal activities for patients.


What is the da Vinci Surgical System?

The da Vinci Surgical System uses robotic technology to allow the surgeons hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of small instruments inside the patient’s body.

The da Vinci System enable surgeons better vision of surgery, with its 3D camera, as well as greater precision.

The Wesley has two da Vinci Surgical System robots. Our second robot provides a valuable resource for training, allowing our surgeons to remain innovative and explore opportunities for new procedures.

The Wesley is the first hospital in Australia to have dual console training, permitting surgeons to work side by side using the robots.

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What procedures do the Wesley offers using robotic surgery?

As the Wesley’s robotic program has two da Vinci Surgical System robots we are able to treat a large number and wide range of complex cancers and diseases with minimally invasive surgery.

We offer minimally invasive surgical options to patients with diseases and conditions in the areas of urology, gynaecology, colorectal, thoracic, cardiac and upper gastro-intestinal and lower gastro-intestinal surgery.

The most common procedure performed at the Wesley using our surgical robots is a robotic prostatectomy.


Wesley’s experts in robotic surgery:

Since we launched the Wesley’s robotics program at in 2010 our surgeons have performed more than 3000 robot-assisted procedures, including several Australian-firsts.

The Wesley currently has nine specialist surgeons performing robotic surgery, with many more in training. More than 800 robotic procedures have been undertaken in the last year.


Wesley’s specialists leading the way in robotic surgery:


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UROLOGY

∙ Dr Geoff Coughlin: Prostatectomy; Partial nephrectomy; Pyeloplasty, Cystectomy (QLD first); Cystectomy with intracorporeal neobladder (Australian first); Pelvic exenteration (Australian first)
∙ Dr Charles Chabert: Prostatectomy and partial nephrectomy; Pyeloplasty
∙ Dr Troy Gianduzzo: Prostatectomy and partial nephrectomy
∙ Dr Boon Kua: Prostatectomy and partial nephrectomy; Pyeloplasty
∙ Dr John Yaxley: Prostatectomy

UPPER GASTRO-INTENSTINAL

∙ Dr David Cavallucci: Distal pancreatectomy, Liver resection (Australian first), Hiatus hernia repair (Queensland first), Portal node dissection (Australian first), Adrenalectomy

COLORECTAL

∙ Dr Carina Chow: Low anterior resection, Rectopexy

GYNAECOLOGY

∙ Dr Jim Nicklin: Hysterectomy for cancer (QLD first)
∙ Dr Piksi Singh: Hysterectomy for cancer