Robotic surgery first for Australia

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Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital has expanded its robotic surgery program to give more patients the option of minimally-invasive treatment across a wide range of specialties.

It is the first medical facility in Australia to introduce a second Da Vinci Xi system, following on from becoming the nation’s first accredited Centre of Excellence in Robotic Surgery earlier this year.

“Since starting our robotics program in 2010 the hospital has performed almost 5,000 operations, and this next chapter will support the hospital to further increase our services to improve the lives and wellbeing for our patients,” Wesley’s general manager Michael Krieg said.

The new equipment will allow more surgeons to offer more advanced surgical options in urology, gynaecology, colorectal, thoracic, cardiac and gastrointestinal surgery.

Robotic urological surgeon Dr Boon Kua said the Wesley was already leading the way in such technology.

“This latest addition to our program offers specialists greater access to treat patients with cancers and other such illnesses previously undertaken by traditional open procedures.

“The precision and dexterity of the Da Vinci Xi robotic instruments and the experience of the surgeons enables the patients to have better outcomes such as quicker recovery, less post-operative pain, less blood loss and blood transfusion – allowing the patient to get back to normal activities as soon as possible,” Dr Kua said.

In January, the hospital was recognised by international accrediting body the Surgical Review Corporation for its robotic program.

“For over 40 years we have been offering Queenslanders the best in healthcare, with access to the most advanced technology,” Mr Krieg added.

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