Victorian-first surgery performed in Geelong

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A local Geelong man has become the first person in Victoria to undergo prostate surgery using the revolutionary da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system.

Mark Freeman was the subject of the state-of-the-art procedure, performed on Monday (25 April) at Healthscope’s Geelong Private Hospital.

While the da Vinci system is available at many hospitals across the state, Geelong Private is the only facility using the latest technology for urological and gynaecological procedures.

“From the moment I stepped into the hospital it has been a positive experience,” Mr Freeman said.

“This is no small surgery to have performed and the staff have all been accommodating and the care faultless. This procedure has sped up my recovery and I’m feeling great 12 hours post-op.”

The da Vinci system undertakes the surgical aspects of a procedure with the surgeon manually controlling the robot via a console.

It has an inbuilt imaging system which allows doctors to see elements that would not always be visible to the naked eye.

Professor Damian Bolton performed the milestone procedure with help from urologist Dr Karl Braslis.

“The first robotic urological surgery, undertaken with the da Vinci Xi, at Geelong Private Hospital is a massive achievement for the hospital and a great addition to healthcare services in Geelong,” Professor Bolton said.

Geelong Private Hospital General Manager Janine Haigh said the addition of the da Vinci system meant patients no longer had to travel great distances to receive care.

“In our local community we are seeing an increase in the number of eligible patients that would benefit from the robot technology,” Ms Haigh said.

“With the introduction of the da Vinci Xi we are now able to provide a streamlined surgical process that provides better healthcare outcomes for our patients.

“Our team are delighted we can confidently offer patients within our community the benefits of such innovative and precise technology,” she said.

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