Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
The Wesley Hospital is an Australian leader in robotic surgery, hosting the largest robotic program in the country. Our highly skilled surgeons have performed over 4,500 robotic cases since 2010 across urology, general surgery, gynaecology, gynae-oncology and colorectal surgery.
As the first hospital in Australia to have two Da Vinci surgical robotic systems, we are also proud to announce that we are now accredited as Australia’s first Centre of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) by international accrediting body Surgical Review Corporation (SRC).
As a Centre of Excellence, we have been recognised for delivering high-quality care, processes and patient journey outcomes – from diagnosis right through to post-operative care.
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.
What procedures does the Wesley offer using robotic surgery?
Our robotic program has two da Vinci Surgical System robots, allowing us 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 launching 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:
∙ 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
∙ Dr David Cavallucci: Distal pancreatectomy, Liver resection (Australian first),
Hiatus hernia repair (Queensland first), Portal node dissection (Australian first),
∙ Dr Carina Chow: Low anterior resection, Rectopexy
∙ Dr Jim Nicklin: Hysterectomy for cancer (QLD first)