Dr Alistair Campbell and the urology theatre nursing staff.
Dr Alistair Campbell and the urology theatre nursing staff. Contributed

Da Vinci robot technology for prostate treatment

A ROBOT fiddling with your nether regions might sound like a strange concept, but the da Vinci Surgical System really does know best.

John Flynn Private Hospital in Tugun has installed the da Vinci Surgical System to perform robotic-assisted prostate cancer surgery.

Previously patients would have to travel to Brisbane or Sydney for robotic prostatectomies.

Now urologists are able to offer the minimally invasive surgery option to suitable candidates.

John Flynn Hospital chief executive Greg Jenke said the equipment was superior to traditional methods. Private urologist Dr Alistair Campbell agreed.

"The da Vinci prostatectomy is innovative technology that offers extraordinary benefits to patients and revolutionises the treatment for prostate cancer," he said

"It enables urologists to operate in the difficult-to-get-to lower pelvis through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

"It is arguably the most effective, least invasive surgical approach to prostate cancer treatment."

In the USA more than two-thirds of all radical prostatectomies are performed using the technology, where the robot replicates the surgeon's hand movements to perform keyhole surgery.

"Benefits to patients include less pain, shorter stay in hospital, and less risk of infection," Dr Campbell said.



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