John Flynn Private Hospital announcd the installation of the da Vinci Surgical Robot System.
John Flynn Private Hospital announcd the installation of the da Vinci Surgical Robot System. Contributed

Da Vinci robot to help prostate cancer sufferers

A NEW robot being installed at John Flynn Private Hospital will dramatically help Tweed prostate cancer sufferers.

The da Vinci ® Surgical Robot System will be installed next month.

Previously it was only available to patients if they wanted to travel to Brisbane or Sydney for the procedure.

The robot will allow urologists to offer robotic-assisted prostatectomies without patients having to leave the region.

John Flynn Private CEO Greg Jenke said he was delighted the hospital would be able to offer patients to the minimally invasive surgical option for prostate surgery.

Urologist Alistair Campbell agreed.

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

"The da Vinci prostatectomy is innovative technology that offers extraordinary benefits to patients and revolutionises the treatment for prostate cancer," Dr Campbell 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 currently performed using this technology where the robot replicates the surgeon's hand movements.

Dr Campbell said it made for an intuitive approach with a high level of precision, allowing surgeons to perform this complex procedure using keyhole surgery, needing incisions of less than 1cm compared to an incision of up to 10 - 20cm for a traditional radical prostatectomy.

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

"Typically a patient who has undergone the radical prostatectomy using the da Vinci ® Surgical System can expect a shorter hospital stay and return to normal daily activities."


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